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Report of case study no. 40: The response of the Australian Defence Force to allegations of child sexual abuse
In Case Study 40 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined the responses of the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Defence) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to allegations of child sexual abuse arising within:
• HMAS Leeuwin (Leeuwin) between 1960 and 1980
• The Army Apprentice School, Balcombe (Balcombe), between 1970 and 1980
• Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADF Cadets) between 2000 and the present.
The case study also examined the approach taken by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Defence in response to claims of compensation that survivors of child sexual abuse at Leeuwin and Balcombe brought.