Nauru rapes likely go unreported

ALLEGATIONS of sexual assault inside Australia's offshore detention centre on Nauru have been confirmed, with a government review finding there could be more.

The review of allegations of sexual and physical assault and claims of Nauruan guards exchanging marijuana for sex with female inmates was released on Friday.

While former Immigration Minister Scott Morrison had claimed some of the allegations of sexual assault may have been "fabricated", the report showed at least three counts were verified.

But Former Integrity Commissioner Philip Moss, who led the review, wrote while he "became aware" of three specific allegations of rape, only one was being investigated by Nauru Police.

Mr Moss wrote he found it "concerning" that the victims in the other cases did "not feel able to bring forward these allegations to the relevant authorities".

But he wrote the review could not be sure it was aware of every incident of sexual and physical assault inside the detention centre, as many were not reported for "family or cultural reasons".

Despite Mr Morrison's comments about "fabrication" of allegations of sexual exploitation, Mr Moss' review found it was likely the allegation stemmed from a single occasion, which was reported to four different Save the Children staff members, who all "appropriately" passed the information on.

While the review was unable to discount the "possibility" of detainees fabricating allegations, it found no evidence to support claims any staff working at the centre had done so.

While the review found no specific evidence of the trading of sexual favours for cigarettes in the centre, Mr Moss wrote it "appears to relate to a time when cigarettes were not openly available.

But he found allegations of guards trading marijuana with inmates for sexual favours was "possibly occurring", but that "transferees were not prepared" to provide details.

The review recommended a raft of changes to safety, cultural training for guards, and a new Australian federal police officer be brought in to oversee management.

Buried on a Friday: Read the Moss Review here



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