Statement by the Director General of Professional Military Conduct—Operation HONOUR
August 13, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
“Today, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) released the 2019 Sexual Misconduct Incident Tracking Report. The report includes all available data for sexual misconduct incidents reported to the chain of command since April 2016.
“Since the launch of Operation HONOUR in 2015, we have taken significant steps to fully understand the scope and nature of sexual misconduct within our ranks. Over the past three years, the CAF has significantly increased its capacity to collect and track data specifically related to sexual misconduct incidents. The report released today is the first one produced using the Operation HONOUR Tracking and Analysis System (OPHTAS), which was specifically developed to capture all incidents of sexual misconduct reported to the chain of command. The system, which is now in use across the CAF, represents a key step towards establishing a comprehensive and systematic approach to data collection and analysis of sexual misconduct incidents—from initial reporting to case closure. It allows the chain of command to better understand and respond to incidents and trends within their areas of responsibility, and it helps to ensure those who are affected by sexual misconduct are kept informed throughout the entire process of their case.
“Our collective efforts are beginning to yield results. While we will need more data before we can identify trends with any certainty, the 2018 Statistics Canada Survey of Sexual Misconduct in the CAF indicates that members are witnessing and experiencing less sexualized and discriminatory behaviour, and the decline in overall reported incidents in this report backs up those findings.
“When Operation HONOUR launched in 2015, the CAF committed to regularly reporting on its actions to address sexual misconduct. Although progress has been made, it takes time to build trust and achieve lasting results—this issue is deeply rooted in society and present in a wide range of organizations. As we further analyze the data in this report to inform and focus our efforts to address sexual misconduct, we will continue to be open with members and Canadians about our actions.”
Commodore Rebecca Patterson, Director General, Professional Military Conduct—Operation HONOUR
Department of National Defence
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