Share about sexual misconduct through restorative engagement

If you file a claim under the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)-Department of National Defence (DND) Sexual Misconduct Class Action Settlement, you can share your experience, knowledge and understanding of sexual misconduct in the military or Defence workplace in a supported and flexible way. This restorative engagement can be directly with a Defence representative or indirectly in any way that works for you. You can also share about the causes and impacts of sexual misconduct and participate in activities to inform and effect change.

Who can participate in restorative engagement as someone who experienced sexual misconduct?

You can request to participate in restorative engagement if you have experienced:

You can express interest in the Restorative Engagement program before or after this deadline as long as your claim is submitted on time. As restorative engagements is part of the CAF-DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action Settlement, only those who have not opted out of the class action and who submit a claim form are eligible.

How can I participate as someone who experienced sexual misconduct?

You can express interest in the Restorative Engagement program in your CAF-DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action Settlement claim.

Participation in, and information shared within the Restorative Engagement program will have no impact on your claim for financial compensation. You can request to participate in restorative engagement whether or not you request or receive financial compensation and regardless of the findings regarding your claim.

You can modify an existing claim to express interest in restorative engagement by contacting the claims administrator.

When will my restorative engagement happen?

The Restorative Engagement program is scheduled to launch in the fall 2021 and will be in place until all eligible claimants have had the opportunity to participate. The program will run for a few years. There may be a significant amount of time before you are invited to participate as several claimants are expected to express interest.

Once the program launches, restorative practitioners will begin to contact claimants who have requested restorative engagement to:

Requests will generally be handled on a first come, first served basis. You will be contacted based on when you submitted your claim with expressed interest in restorative engagement.

What are flexible options for restorative engagement?

As part of restorative engagement, you can choose to:

Restorative practitioners facilitate communications and help you prepare through individual sessions before your restorative engagement. You are in control of the information you provide and what you choose to share is welcomed.

If you choose to engage directly with a Defence representative, we offer options and seek your preferences. The restorative practitioner will work with you to accommodate your needs and choices as much as possible.

Key information about restorative engagement

You have access to support service to facilitate your restorative process.

Restorative practitioners facilitate participants’ restorative engagement. They are specially trained and qualified to facilitate restorative processes. You can also call a Sexual Misconduct Response Centre counsellor toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for:

Your Restorative Engagement process will not be with the person or people who harmed you.

The Restorative Engagement program does not facilitate communication between individuals harmed and those who harmed them. Instead, it involves representatives of the institution in which the harm occurred.

Restorative engagement is confidential.

Participation in, and information shared within the Restorative Engagement program will be confidential within legal limitations.

If you choose to share a record of your experience for the purpose of informing culture change, you may do so anonymously. This record can take many different forms and will only be submitted with your consent.

All personal information is handled in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Share about sexual misconduct through restorative engagement

The Restorative Engagement program is outside the CAF reporting and investigation process. Participation in the program is not part of any administrative, disciplinary or criminal process.

Participation in restorative engagement is voluntary.

Participation is on a voluntary basis only, and you are also free to change your mind at any step.

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