I have been sitting here wondering how to best start telling my story. To be honest my adventures have been very therapeutic for me. I kept my secret for 40 years and it was only since 2011 that I have started sharing my story.
I was sexually abused in the Navy at Sydney’s HMAS Nirimba, a naval training base in the early 1970’s when I was 16 years old. After the months of abuse I thought I had no other way out and I tried to commit suicide.
Since I have started to share my story I have worked with Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Solicitors and the Government appointed DART (Defence Abuse Response Taskforce). I have shared my story with Australian Newspapers and with the television show The Project. I can guarantee that I am not the only victim of this form of abuse, living with the torment of PTSD.
I still continue to share my story. It may be a story that people ‘don’t want to hear’ but I believe that we should stand up and speak out against the abuse to children, unite and say ‘STOP’.
The link below is an article written by David Wroe at Sydney Morning Herald with a call for a Royal Commission into Defence Abuse.
Australian Defence Force rape victims 40 year secret