How a real leader deals with sexual harassment

While the United States Senate holds biased hearings in order to kill real reform to stop the sexual abuse of female service members, Australia’s Army Chief, Lieutenant General David Morrison shows how a real military leader deals with abuse and harassment.


Australia Chief of Army Lt. Gen. Morrison

And mind you, when watching this video, the Australians are dealing with “‘explicit and repugnant’ emails and images demeaning women.” While the Americans are dealing with the actual sexual abuse of women. And guess whose response was stronger?

“Those who think that it is okay to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army…. If that does not suit you, then get out.”

“It is up to us to make a difference. If you’re not up for it, find something else to do with your life. There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sister.”

Here’s more from the Australian Army about this matter.

This is an amazing video:

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34 Responses to “How a real leader deals with sexual harassment”

  1. CyraxInfinite says:

    This speech was written by a MTF transsexual officer serving in Australian Army.

  2. Butch1 says:

    I get mine drawn occasionally to make sure I’m doing well. I’m keeping my diabetes in check but my neuropathy continues to get worse. ( Agent Orange ) The neuropathy is secondary to the diabetes and the VA some years ago finally admitted that there was a correlation to Agent Orange and Diabetes. Imagine that. They are doing a good job taking care of me though.

  3. HelenRainier says:

    You go to Am Lake? So do I. We may have run across each other or had a conversation up in the blood lab for all I know. I’m in Tacoma. Are you near there? Once in a while I’ll run into a WW II vet and I always make sure to talk to them and thank them for saving the world. I almost always break out in tears when I meet one of these wonderful comrades — probably because my Dad was a WW II vet.

  4. Butch1 says:

    Yes. I was in ‘Nam in 1969. I use the American Lake VA facilities when I go see my physician.

    I would prefer to see us stop feeding this War Industrial Complex and grind it to a halt rather than start up another draft but I do know what you are talking about and until other Americans have some skin in the game they will not be protesting this President or this government to stop looking for wars to fight and to stop all these covert wars that President Obama is already fighting with his Drone Program. I also think he needs to stop his Assassination Drone Program against our citizens as well. So far he is 1 for 4 and that is not very good odds. Three innocent citizens, one of them being only sixteen years old is outrageous.

  5. HelenRainier says:

    Butch, Completely and totally agree with all you said. I live near Joint Base Lewis McChord and there are many servicemembers living here. Several of them have deployed 3 or more times. I still believe (and voiced this opinion almost 15 years ago when Bush first took us into Iraq unjustifiably) that we need to reinstitute the draft. There’s nothing a draft and an unpopular “war” to get those who have to serve to start protesting and demonstrating like we did in the late 60s and early 70s when Vietnam was ongoing. Aren’t you a Nam vet?

  6. Butch1 says:

    Hi, Helen.
    I think much of the problem is with the brass. If one doesn’t have good leadership the subordinates will take advantage of it. A good officer earns that respect and those under their command do respect them and will serve them and follow their lead honorably. This man is a no-nonsense kind of man and one knows where one stands with him. It would be easy to be under his command.

    I don’t know what has happened to our Armed Forces but something is dreadfully wrong with the leadership and forcing our troops to go into one tour-of-duty after another over and over again without barely enough time. Is it any wonder we are seeing PTSD in so many of them? One can have it from one tour.

    We really need to evaluate what we are doing and quit looking for new wars to send our troops into battle. This has to stop. Senators’ McCain and Graham are trying to get us into Syria and if we aren’t careful this spineless President will listen to them and do it.

  7. HelenRainier says:

    Hi Butch, I was fortunate enough to have some like that in the Regular Army. In the Army Reserve, not so much. There were a few in the Reserve but few and far between.

  8. Butch1 says:

    Ditto! I would have been proud to serve with this man.

  9. Butch1 says:

    I agree with you and so am I.

  10. Butch1 says:

    This is the way it should be. Perhaps our own brass should be forced to listen to this man speak. That panel that spoke in front of the senators should be forced to listen to this video every morning at the start of each day before they start their work day; maybe it would sink in after a few years.

  11. ckg1 says:

    Not at all.

  12. samizdat says:

    Hmmm, integrity in the military. Too bad it’s not our own.

  13. karmanot says:

    Hi Robert!

  14. karmanot says:

    Indeed, we have a Commander In Chief who takes months to decide whether or not to use a rubber band , staple or paper clip and that’s just before he asks the secretary to do it, then consults with Michele before the decision is resolute. Then the resolution has to get the full approval of the GOP in the House before it becomes ‘perfectly clear.’ as he is fond of saying. The good news is that assassinations and droning villages seems to be on the ‘perfectly clear permanent list.”

  15. karmanot says:

    Not to mention values their lives, sovereign bodies and protection from predators in the ranks.

  16. karmanot says:

    Well said. The only notable since Eisenhower was Petreaus, a poppenjay, whose sole claim to fame was borrowing a page out of Roman military history: bribe the barbarians, keep them at bay, and foment civil war to keep a country from rising again. Oh, and disappear 6 to 8 billion dollars.

  17. cole3244 says:

    we in america are told we have the greatest military in the world, we don’t, yes i am a vet.

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  19. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Would it be inappropriate of me to say that guy has bigger balls than the entire pentagon combined?

  20. TheOriginalLiz says:

    And there are several of us on this board who know from personal experience they don’t.

  21. TheOriginalLiz says:

    More moral fiber than any of our military or political leaders.

  22. HelenRainier says:

    BRAVO! This is a military officer I would have followed into hell and back.

  23. skt says:

    what ever the case may be, it is true that many woman have made millions filing sexual harassment cases.

    See the below article for more details,

  24. Indigo says:

    And so the hegemonic baton passes from our little backwater, pre-metric, post-literate empire to another continent.

  25. Jeffrey Karter says:

    Because claiming is easy, especially when you think you can define your own reality (which, to some degree, the monied and powerful are able to do).

    *Being* the best, on the other hand, is a goal that many Americans have given up on.

  26. BeccaM says:

    Because our female servicewomen might get the silly false notion that the upper brass actually wants them there and values their service.

  27. BeccaM says:

    American Exceptionalism: Defined now almost exclusively by what we cannot do (or more specifically, what we refuse to do), which the rest of the civilized First World does with ease, aplomb, and dignity.

  28. This is why the American Armed Forces is an international embarrassment.

  29. HolyMoly says:

    Now that’s how you’re supposed to deal with a problem!

    Our top brass have missed the Leader Ship. S.S. Leader has sailed. Total passengers: Zero.

  30. nicho says:

    US military brass are just corporate tools in training. By the time they get to the Pentagon, they are just polishing up their resumes and counting the hours until they can start double-dipping as corporate “consultants,” lobbyists, even CEOs. They are not going to do anything to fuck that up.

    I don’t know if anyone noticed, but when the US health care system was destroyed by being corporatized in the ’70s, the hospital corporations went right to ex-military officers to run hospitals.

  31. UncleBucky says:

    Why can’t US military people say this? Mmmm?

    I know! I know! I know! Teacher, pick me! ;o)

  32. keirmeister says:


    It’s sad, but I don’t really America is accustomed to this sort of leadership anymore. How can we keep claiming to be the best at everything when we can’t even uphold the rights and dignity of our own people?

  33. Moobz says:

    He makes it all seem so simple … because it is.

  34. segno69 says:

    THAT is integrity. THAT is leadership. If only the self-serving cowards overseeing even worse problems in the US military could find the backbone to do the same.

    Also, I think I kinda love this guy…

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