The chief of the Australian Defence Force has come under fire for his advice to cadets on how to avoid being raped.
Angus Campbell told first-year ADF personnel they should prevent the four A's to ensure their safety.
Those four A's include Alcohol, out After midnight, Alone and Attractive.
The comments have come under fire for putting the blame on the victims rather than trying to stamp out the perpetrators of sexual violence.
The ADF has insisted the comments were addressed to cadets of all genders and wasn't aimed at women.
Defence has backed Mr Campbell's statements and believe it will help the first-years 'recognise and mitigate the threat posed by abusive or predatory individuals'.
"In his recent address to the new cohort of ADFA trainee officers, the CDF noted matters in the media regarding allegations of sexual harassment and assault," Defence said in a statement.
"In his view, being aware of the four As - young, attractive people, noting the entire class fell into this risk factor; alcohol; after midnight; and alone - enabled the group to recognise and mitigate the threat posed by abusive or predatory individuals."
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women Marise Payne has also backed the ADF chief's comments, however stressed that they weren't meant to victim blame.
"My message is that it is most important that those who would seek to be sexual predators don't - that they stop, and that that behaviour is unacceptable anywhere, anytime and in any circumstance," she said.
"I understand that the CDF was sending to those young men and women. My message first and foremost is about stopping that behaviour."
The ADF has been trying to deal with and tackle instances of rape and sexual assault within their ranks for years.
The number of sexual assault charges against military personnel in 2019 nearly doubled.
The comments have sparked outrage from the Labour Party and the Greens.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has warned the ADF needs to make sure it is more concerned with stamping out behaviour that fuels people to commit these crimes.
"Women aren't the problem here, and their behaviour and going out at night, we need to change the behaviour of men in all facets of society," he said.
"People should be able to go out at night and engage in the activity that people, including young people, will engage in, whether they're young men or young women, on an equal basis."
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