16 Apr '11, 5am

#Thailand #news Australian military threatened with mass abuse lawsuit: Australia's scandal-hit defence force fa...

Australia's scandal-hit defence force faced the threat of a class action lawsuit after advocates for an ex-recruit who claims he was beaten and raped warned "hundreds" more cases could emerge. Police are investigating the allegations of the man, who was just 15 when he joined HMAS Leeuwin in the 1970s and says he endured beatings and assaults that saw him honourably discharged after less than a year. Fellow sailors forced the victim, now in his 50s, to run a gauntlet of rubber hoses and pillowcases filled with boots and sexually abused him with a mop handle, he claims. The Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia , which is supporting the ex-recruit, says at least 10 other former servicemen have filed complaints of sexual, physical and psychological abuse from the 1970s and 80s since he came forward. And the recent scandal involving a male cadet filming and broadcasting ...

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