A Royal Commission into abuse within the Australian Navy has heard graphic claims that cadets were forced into sexual abuse including raping each other and details of a teenage girl who committed suicide following a sexual relationship with an instructor.
The abuse has been described as a “rite of passage”, which included violent initiations rituals including “blackballing”, which involved putting shoe polish on genitals and a “royal flush” which put people’s heads in a used toilet and flushing it.
The commission heard how victims who complained of the claims were told to “suck it up… it will make a man out of you,” the Australian Telegraph reported.
A former navy member said he was “snatched” in the middle of the night and taken to a sports oval where he was sexually abused.
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