Sexual Misconduct Response Centre
From: National Defence
The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre provides support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members affected by sexual misconduct.
The Centre also provides expert guidance and recommendations to the CAF to help shape policies and programs addressing sexual misconduct. The Centre also monitors the CAF's progress in addressing sexual misconduct.
Leadership and governance
The Centre operates outside and independently from the CAF chain of command within the Department of National Defence and reports directly to the Deputy Minister.
The Centre provides expert advice, guidance and recommendations to the CAF, primarily through the Director General of Professional Military Conduct – Operation HONOUR, on all matters related to sexual misconduct. To coordinate efforts, the Directorate and the Centre have established an Operating Agreement Concerning Expert Advice and Support Services for the CAF Response to Sexual Misconduct.
The Centre may engage with the Chief of the Defence Staff and other commanders to ensure that its advice and recommendations are understood.
An External Advisory Council supports the Centre's expert advice role.
Confidentiality and privacy
If you contact the Centre's 24/7 telephone numbers to obtain support and information, you are not required to provide your name, your rank or say where you work or live. You are in control of the information you provide and can remain anonymous. A counsellor can facilitate contact or refer you to a civilian or a military member without passing on personal information. You may choose to pursue the communication anonymously.
You must provide a minimum of personal information to your response and support coordinator so you can receive appropriate services.
Centre employees collect only information consistent with the services they provide and in accordance with Canada's Privacy Act. Confidential information is stored in a secure Government of Canada database. This database is not accessible to the CAF chain of command or anyone else outside the Centre. The Centre uses this information to:
- provide services tailored to your needs
- report on performance
- analyze trends
- identify systemic issues for planning and development
All personal information received by the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre is protected by Canada's Privacy Act. Section 8(2) of this act allows for the release of personal information without an individual's consent under specific circumstances, such as:
- where there is a risk to public safety
- to comply with a subpoena, warrant or court order
- to comply with specific investigative authorities such as police or boards of inquiry
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