Canadian Armed Forces to Release Outcomes of Administrative Action to Victims of Sexual Misconduct
“Supporting victims of sexual misconduct continues to be a top priority for the Canadian Armed Forces. We recognize the importance of keeping them fully informed throughout the complaint and investigation process. This amendment brings consistency to our processes for both harassment and sexual misconduct and addresses an unfortunate information gap that was eroding victims’ trust that complaints were taken seriously. We will continue to listen to all those affected by sexual misconduct to understand their concerns and identify areas where we can improve our policies and processes.”
Commodore Rebecca Patterson, Director General, Professional Military Conduct–Operation HONOUR (formerly the CAF Strategic Response Team–Sexual Misconduct)
“The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre aims to ensure the needs of affected members are taken into considerations at all times by advising and guiding the CAF. We are pleased to see that the process has been amended to now allow affected members to be aware of the outcomes of actions taken against perpetrators. We believe it is a critical step in the healing and closure processes. It is something that affected members have been asking for, and this amendment will help build confidence in the reporting process.”
Dr. Denise Preston, Executive Director, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre, Department of National Defence
Administrative actions include remedial measures, such as initial counselling, a recorded warning, or counselling and probation. If the incident is serious enough or involves repeat offences, the member can be released from the Forces.
Operation HONOUR is the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission to eliminate sexual misconduct in the Canadian military. It was launched in 2015.
The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC), was established as part of Operation HONOUR under the Department of National Defence and independent from the CAF chain of command. The SMRC ensures the provision of timely, compassionate, and comprehensive support to CAF members affected by sexual misconduct. The SMRC also provides guidance to the chain of command on supporting victims, as well as expert advice, and recommendations to the CAF to guide its response to sexual misconduct.
Department of National Defence
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