The woman at the centre of the Australian Defence Force Academy Skype sex scandal says the incident has destroyed her life, as it resulted in her being bullied out of the military and her dream job.
The former ADFA cadet had agreed to a casual sexual arrangement with Daniel McDonald, 21, who filmed himself having sex with her and broadcast the images to Dylan Deblaquiere, 20, in 2011.
McDonald has been linked to a second scandal involving an ADFA football team whose members were required to perform sexual acts on each other as part of an initiation process.
The woman filmed by McDonald maintains she did not know she was on camera.
A jury found the pair guilty of sending offensive material over the internet without her consent in August. McDonald was also found guilty of committing an act of indecency on the woman.
In a sentencing hearing in the ACT Supreme Court today, the woman took the unusual move of personally reading her victim impact statement and speaking directly to both men.
I became nothing more than that Skype slut.
Former ADFA cadet
“I became nothing more than that Skype slut,” she said.
“I [was harassed] from city to city, from base to base.”
She told the men wherever she worked people quickly found out who she was and then the torment and vilification from her colleagues would start again.
“You stole my dignity,” she said.
“My name scarred, my life destroyed.
“You could not have hurt me more had you taken a bat and hit me with it.”
The woman said it was not unusual for other Defence members to spit on her or make crude remarks, and that people who wanted to be her friend were often bullied and threatened with expulsion.
“You reduced me to nothing more than an animal,” she said.
“An object to be used by you and your sick friends.”
During today’s hearing, an Australian Federal Police officer revealed McDonald is also expected to face disciplinary measures as the founding member of a group called The Love of My Life.
It is alleged the group required ADFA members of a football team to perform sexual acts on each other as part of an initiation process.
Detective Sergeant Anthony Croker said he was aware of “bastardisation” incidents involving the group spanning over nine months until about July.
McDonald is currently suspended on full pay over the Love of My life allegations but faces expulsion from the military when he is formally convicted and sentenced for the Skype scandal.
Both McDonald and Deblaquiere will be sentenced next week.