Australian sailor ‘drugged and raped’ on New Zealand ship told he cannot be investigated
Australian sailor ‘drugged and raped’ in exchange with NZ Navy told he cannot be investigated as it happened overseas
- Jennifer was raped by a senior officer while on HMNZ in Singapore in 2007
- She informed her supervisor the next day who dissuaded her from filing a complaint.
- In 2018, she reported the sexual assault to Commonwealth Ombudspersons
- In response, he said the matter was ‘out of his jurisdiction’ and would not be considered.
An Australian sailor who was drugged and raped during an exchange with the Royal New Zealand Navy has been told he cannot be investigated because it took place overseas .
Jennifer was 26 when she was attacked by a senior officer in 2007 while serving on HMNZ while the ship was docked at Sembawang Port in Singapore.
She reported the sexual assault to a supervisor the next day, who dissuaded her from filing a formal complaint, warning her that she would be sent home to Australia and be known as the ‘girl who was raped’. “.
In 2018, she found the courage to report the rape. The Commonwealth Ombudsman replied that he would not launch an investigation.
Jennifer (pictured) was raped during an exchange with the Royal New Zealand Navy in 2007
“What leaves me with the most betrayed feeling is the one paragraph email saying it was out of my jurisdiction. I was so disgusted,’ Jennifer told the Sunday Telegraph.
New to the ship, the young exchange sailor was invited for drinks with some elderly people and agreed to just have “a few beers” – which she says were spiked.
After her second drink, she began to feel unwell and began to lose control of her speech and body, prompting one of the seniors to offer to take her a taxi back to the ship.
Her next memory was of being in the back of the vehicle with her attacker as he pulled up her skirt as she struggled to speak and control her limbs.
Around this time, she thinks she passed out, her memories from then only coming back in flashes.
“I remember being naked on a bed and rolled up on my chest. The next memory I have is of him grabbing my hair and forcing my head down and saying, “Choke on it white b***”. It’s my only other memory until I woke up naked, covered in vomit, semen and urine.
Jennifer said she then remembered taking a shower, scalding herself with the hot water tap, then deciding to use only cold water, before getting dressed and leave.
When she told her supervisor the next day, he said he had heard that she had gone to the hotel with the man of her own free will and that he would not tell her husband. .
Although she explained that she had been drugged, the supervisor dissuaded her from reporting the assault.
“He said if I reported it I would be sent home to Australia and forever known as the girl who was raped. He said it would be a very hard thing for my husband to go through because how could anyone know it was rape when I had a shitty face.
Jennifer decided to take no further action, keeping her horrific attack suppressed in her memory for nine years until she reported it to Commonwealth mediators.
Jennifer was told the rape would not be investigated as it was outside Commonwealth “jurisdiction”. Pictured: International Navy ships off the Whangaparoa Peninsula in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2016
The report also contained complaints about other abuses Jennifer suffered during her time in the Navy, including gender discrimination, bastardy and sexual harassment.
In response, the department acknowledged his “courage” in coming forward, but said his experiments did not meet the threshold of “the most serious forms of abuse”.
The letter also did not address her concerns that the ADF had a duty of care to investigate her supervisor’s refusal to report her rape.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Minister for Defense for comment.
In 2016, the Royal Commission was held over allegations of sexual abuse against male and female cadets within the Australian Defense Force.
The hearing focused on allegations relating to Naval Base Fremantle HMAS Leeuwin from 1960 to 1980, the Army Apprentice School at Balcombe Victoria in the 1970s and ADF cadets in general from 2000 to present.
The investigation revealed sexual assault practices during all three time periods, with records provided to the investigation showing that there had been a total of 154 allegations made at the ADF since 2001.