Australia's Chief of Army has warned members of the defence force who think it is okay to demean or exploit their colleagues "have no place in this army" in a scathing video message addressing the army's latest sex scandal.
The video was posted to YouTube late last night after Chief of Army David Morrison gave a press conference in which he apologised to five female victims among a larger group who had been degraded in a series of emails circulated by over 100 men, Nine News reports.
The accusations, which Lieutenant General Morrison said were worse than the Skype sex scandal, date back to 2010 when male service members allegedly filmed themselves having sex with fellow military personnel and civilians before sending the images to their colleagues using defence computers.
Lieutenant General Morrison said women had proven themselves in defence and would continue to play a vital role in the future.
"If that does not suit you, then get out," Morrison said tersely in the video.
"You may find another employer where your attitude and behaviour is acceptable but I doubt it."
Morrison stressed the "culture and reputation" of defence was the responsibility of each individual service member.
"If you become aware of any individual degrading another then show moral courage and take a stand against it."
"It is up to us to make a difference."
"If you're not up to it, find something else to do with your life. There is no place for you among this band of brothers and sisters."
At the centre of the scandal is a group of army officers who visited nightclubs in Sydney's Kings Cross to meet women for consensual sex, The Australian reports.
It is alleged the officers filmed themselves having sex with the women, before sending boastful emails containing these images to dozens of their colleagues across the country.
It is not known whether the women consented to being filmed during sex, the report said.
Source: Nine News
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain