Stratistics Canada released a report earlier this week on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016
"From April to June, 2016, active Regular Force and Primary Reserve
members were invited to complete an electronic questionnaire asking
about their experiences and perceptions of inappropriate sexualized
behaviour, discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or
gender identity, and sexual assault within the Canadian Armed Forces.
This included seeing, hearing or experiencing these types of behaviours
within the military workplace, or outside the military workplace but
involving other military members or Department of Defence employees or
contractors. Responses were received from over 43,000 active members of
the Canadian Armed Forces, including members of the Regular Force and
Among the highlights:
- In the past 12 months, just under 1,000 Regular Force members of
the Canadian Armed Forces, or 1.7%, were victims of sexual assault (i.e.,
sexual attacks, unwanted sexual touching, or sexual activity to which
the victim is unable to consent, which occurred in the military
workplace or involving military members, Department of National Defence
employees, or contractors). Unwanted sexual touching was the most
common form of sexual assault, reported by 1.5% of Regular Force
- Women in the Regular Force were more likely than men to be sexually assaulted (4.8% versus 1.2%) in the past 12 months.
- Half (49%) of women who were victims of sexual assault in the
past 12 months identified their supervisor or someone of a higher rank
as the perpetrator. For male victims, a peer was most commonly the
- Among Regular Force members, 27.3% of women and 3.8% of men have
been victims of sexual assault at least once since joining the Canadian
Armed Forces. More specifically, 24.0% of women and 3.4% of men in the
Regular Force have been victims of unwanted sexual touching, the most
common type of sexual assault.
- Four in five (79%) members of the Regular Force saw, heard, or
were personally targeted by sexualized behaviour in the military
workplace or involving other military members, Department of National
Defence employees, or contractors, within the past 12 months.
- Sexual jokes were the most common type of sexualized behaviour in
the workplace, seen, heard, or experienced by 76% of Regular Force
members. Of those who reported sexual jokes in the workplace, almost
half (46%) stated that they occurred ten or more times in the past 12
- One-third (34%) of Regular Force members saw, heard, or
experienced discriminatory behaviour in the workplace in the past 12
months. This discrimination most typically took the form of suggestions
that people do not act like men or women are supposed to act (22%).
- Close to one in five (17%) Regular Force members were personally
targeted by sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the past 12
months. Women were twice as likely as men to report being personally
targeted by sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the workplace or
involving military members (31% versus 15%).
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