Online discussion board for those affected by sexual misconduct
The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) have launched an online peer support discussion platform for current and former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and DND public service employees who experienced sexual misconduct as well as their families as part of the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Peer Support Program. This initiative is a first step in one of many elements that emerged from community consultations.
The platform is not accessible on the National Defence network (DWAN). It is recommended that you use a personal device and a personal email address when registering in order to protect your anonymity.
The online discussion board platform is hosted by a third-party company called Togetherall, which offers:
- A well-established platform for peer support
- A global, digital, mobile-first, technological platform
- Confidentiality and anonymity
- 24/7 access, clinical oversight, and support for health, guidance, and safety
The platform is completely anonymous so members can express themselves freely and openly. Professionally trained clinicians, also called Wall Guides, monitor the discussions to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. In addition to a discussion board platform for those who have experienced military sexual trauma and their families, Togetherall provides a library of mental health resources and self-paced research driven courses which contribute to overall well-being and recovery.
Who can join
Although the MST Peer Support Program is being developed and designed for current and former CAF members who experienced sexual misconduct, Togetherall is available to all current and former CAF members, DND public service employees as well as their family members aged 16 and older.
Before you register
The platform Togetherall encourages everyone to be open about what is on their mind, learn more about themselves and work on their mental health anonymously, in a supportive peer-based environment. By joining the platform, you agree to specific Member Terms which include the house rules.
Maintaining house rules ensure that Togetherall works well for the entire community including yourself.
It is important to remember that as a member, you are taking sole responsibility for your actions and behaviour on the platform.
How to register
To join the online peer support discussion platform, you may register through the button below. You will need to provide some basic information, including your email address, phone number, postal code and date of birth for eligibility, before you are sent an email to activate your account. This is the same registration process for all new members. Once registered, use your unique username and password to view the platform and related resources.
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