Monday, December 22, 2014

Canadian CDS offers retired Army Reservist broad-range apology for her treatment following her complaint of sexual assault

Ottawa, Canada.  In an unprecedented decision, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) apologized to a retired Army Reservist for a range of illegal punitive measures taken against her after she reported her sexual assault in 2012.  General Thomas J. Lawson provided retired Master Corporal Stephanie Raymond with a broad-ranging apology for the several adverse administrative procedures taken by her then chain of command which led to her being illegally discharged from the Canadian military in December 2013. Raymond's sexual assault received national attention when details of her case were published as a cover story in MacLeans' magazine in May 2014 [See link below]. The trial of her alleged assailant took place in August and its verdict is now under review by the Canadian Court Martial Appeal Court (CMAC). [See link below]

.See link:  Report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff says Raymond firing based on fraudulent documents

See link to  MacLean's Magazine: Our military's disgrace. May 16, 2014

MacLean's investigative report led the CDS to order an 'external review' of the military's workplace programmes and policies, and leadership engagement.  This review being conducted by a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada focuses on the esoteric or abstract world of doctrine, policies, ethos, standards.  It other words, only what is contained within the military catechism and not such serious issues as the failings and weaknesses of the military justice system including the investigating and prosecuting of sexual assault when law and order are breached and the leadership acts in an impotent manner

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