Canberra: A female soldier serving with Australian forces in Afghanistan has logged a formal complaint of being sexually assaulted at a military base in that country last month.
The soldier reported the alleged assault to her superiors last Wednesday. She was serving in the Middle East Area of Operations at a base in Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan Province at that time, the Courier Mail reports.
A defence spokesman said the matter is being investigated, but did not reveal whether the allegation was against a colleague or someone not connected with the ADF.
The Department of Defence ‘does not condone inappropriate behaviour and treats such allegations seriously,’ the spokesman said.
“Our immediate priority at this time is to provide support and assistance to the soldier and ensure the safety and welfare of our members,” he added.
The probe comes after a Skype sex scandal that rocked the nation’s defence service earlier this year when a female cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy was allegedly filmed having sex with a male cadet while the footage was beamed live to other cadets.