Friday, May 1, 2015

Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Forces -- A searing report by a retired Supreme Court Justice

General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, is seated next to
 Madam Justice (retired) Marie Deschamps, formerly from the Supreme court of Canada
April 30, 2015. In a scathing report, retired Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps reveals that sexual misconduct in the the Canadian military is "endemic" and is tolerated by the leadership.

See: Executive Summary: Madam Justice (Retired) Marie Deschamps' Report - April 2015

Madam Justice (retired) Deschamps laid the blame on a pervasive macho culture where the leadership tolerates abuse and leaves victims in fear of reporting it: "Victims, concerned about how they will be treated by the military justice system, tend not to report sexual assaults. Many of those victims who did report an offence said that their experience were atrocious"" She added: "The members at present do not have the sufficient confidence to report the incidents. And that one of the reasons why they came to me is that they were confident that they were speaking in total anonymity," 

See:  Full Report: Madam Justice (Retired) Marie Deschamps' Report - April 2015

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