Operation HONOUR Monthly Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour (HISB) Unit Reports - 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

Chart 1

Types of Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour. This chart provides a breakdown of the 504 incidents reported during the period. Inappropriate sexual behaviour was most prevalent (281 reports) followed by Sexual Harassment (74), Sexual Misconduct (66), and Sexual Assault (47).

Incidents investigated and closed: 193

Incidents still under investigation: 310

  • Investigation by the unit: 89
  • Under investigation by other authority: 221 (includes Military Police, National Investigative Service, Civilian Police, or Harassment Investigator)

Note: One (1) incident has missing information regarding investigative action taken

Type of HISB: 206 incidents of the inappropriate sexualized behaviour have been further characterised as:

  • 44 – frequent use of belittling or sexual language
  • 17 – frequent use of sexual jokes
  • 7 – visual display of sexually explicit materials
  • 23 – pressuring for sexual activity
  • 1 – taking photos without consent while engaged in sex act and showing to friends
  • 114 - “Other” – activity did not fit into the broader standard categories
  • 75 incidents did not provide further delineation

Type of sexual assault: 47 incidents of sexual assault have been further identified as:

  • 23 – unwanted sexual touching
  • 6 – sexual assault using violence
  • 6 – sexual activity unable to consent
  • 12 – other

Note: The other category typically includes incidents where more than one type of inappropriate behavior or offence occurred.

Summary of Administrative Actions

Administrative Action was taken in 180 incidents (186 actions), in some cases prior to completion of the investigation.

Chart 2: Administrative Actions Taken by Units

Chart 2: Administrative Actions Taken by Units

Chart 2

Administrative Actions Taken by Units. This chart provides a summary of administrative actions taken in 180 incidents over the period. Recorded Warning, Initial Counselling, and Counselling & Probation were most common at 36, 28, and 21 occurrences respectively.

Note: The category other includes cases where the respondent is no longer a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, insufficient information for an investigation, or a substantive action taken that was not technically a remedial measure or charge.

Statistics on those involved in HISB incidents


  • 50% are Junior Non-Commissioned Members, 23% are Civilians
  • 75.8% Females; 14.5% Males

Respondents (CAF members only):

  • 48% are Junior Non-Commissioned Members, 17.1% Senior Non-Commissioned Members, and 17.1% Junior Officers
  • 90.7% Males, 5% Females

Note: Less than 100% totals result when gender information is not included in the report.

56.7% of incidents were reported by the “victim” (or target of the behaviour). Of the remainder the vast majority of reports were initiated by the leadership directly or bystanders who intervened.

Administrative Reviews and Releases from the CAF related to Sexual Misconduct

Between 1 Jan 16 to 31 Dec 16 (note this is calendar year, not fiscal year)

  • 40 administrative review files related to Sexual Misconduct (SM)/Operation HONOUR (HISB) opened
  • 26 decisions rendered so far (24 release, 2 counselling and probation)

Since 1 Jan 17 to 20 Mar 17, which coincides with the release of Chief of Defence Staff Direction

  • 77 files opened
  • 0 decisions rendered

Summary (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017)

Of the 504 incidents reported:

  • 46 reports were from incidents that occurred in 2015
  • 331 occurred in 2016 (average of 28 incidents per month)
  • 65 occurred in 2017 (average 22 incidents occurring per month)
  • 35 occurred over the time period of 1973-2014
  • 27 reports had no data for date of the incident
Chart 1: Types of Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour

Chart 1: Types of Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour

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