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Defence, through the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office (SeMPRO) has funded Griffith University and the University of New South Wales to research the experiences of men who have been victims of sexual offences and unwanted sexual behaviours in the Australian Defence Force.
The research aims to better understand the experiences and impacts of sexual offences and unwanted sexual contact on current serving and recently ex-serving men. SeMPRO and Defence hope to use the information gathered in the project to improve services for male victims of sexual offences, to improve Defence’s responses to disclosures from men, and to refine prevention education.
We are interested in talking with current serving and recently ex-serving male ADF members who have experienced any type of sexual offences or unwanted sexualised behaviours in their service with the Australian Defence Force. Participation is voluntary, anonymous, and confidential.
Interested in Learning More?
If you are interested in knowing more about this study then please contact Patrick O’Leary or Jan Breckenride by phone or email:
Professor Patrick O'Leary
School of Human Services and Social Work
Griffith University Logan Campus QLD 4131
Ph: (07) 3382 1547
Associate Professor Jan Breckenride
School of Social Sciences
University of New South Wales, NSW 2052
Ph: (02) 9385 1863
This research received ethics approval from the Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee, Griffith University Ethics Committee, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee in 2017.
SeMPRO offers support, advice and guidance to anyone (current and former Defence personnel, their commanders, managers, supervisors, support people and families) affected by sexual misconduct. .
SeMPRO will provide:
If you have been affected by an incident of sexual misconduct, it is important to remember that it was not your fault .
SeMPRO can assist by:
If you are managing a report of sexual misconduct within your workplace, your initial response is very important.
SeMPRO is available to provide advice and guidance on your role as a support person as well as your responsibilities as a commander or manager.