Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CBC documentary on sexual assaults in the military. An urgent need for action by the Canadian Parliament

Last evening the French network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) aired a 45 minutes documentary titled “Women in combat”. 

Femmes au combat which chronicles the story of five women in the Canadian Forces who dare to complain about incidents of sexual assaults and in doing so put their military careers at risk. 

Each of them describe and denounce a military culture which is hostile to women. The documentary was filmed on several military bases in Canada. 

The documentary  throws a spotlight on the challenges faced by sexual assault victims having to deal with the military justice system. 

Femmes au combat openly questions both the efficacy of courts martial and the measures taken by the  Canadian Forces leadership under  OPERATION HONOUR to change the military culture.  The producer of the documentary qualifies OPERATION HONOUR as no more than a cosmetic initiative and a parody. 

See documentary here. The documentary includes the participation of two regular bloggers: Gilles Létourneau and Michel W Drapeau. 

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