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Claims 220 Australian child sailors raped, brutalised: Report

Published on May 5, 2014 12:49 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Allegations that 220 child sailors at an Australian navy training base were raped or brutalised in the 1980s are so serious they will be raised in a paper to Parliament, a report said on Monday.

An Australian inquiry into abuse in the military has received 2,400 complaints, but the head of the investigation said claims of shocking treatment at HMAS Leeuwin in Western Australia in the 1980s warranted a separate report, The Australian newspaper said.

There would also be a separate report on claims that more than 70 young officer cadets at the prestigious Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra suffered sexual or other abuse.

Australia established the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce in 2012 to hear complaints after an investigation detailed hundreds of claims of sexual or other abuse in the forces from the 1950s to the present day.

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