OTTAWA—In 2014, the national media was awash with reports of sexual misconduct and harassment in the military, fuelled, in large part, by a front-cover exposé published in L’Actualité and Maclean’s magazines. Concerns about inappropriate sexual conduct in the Canadian Armed Forces also became the subject of intense review by a parliamentary committee. Retired justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada conducted a subsequent external examination. The examination also addressed the underlying concerns with respect to the integration and treatment of women in the military and captured the environment in which CAF members train, work, live, and socialize. One of the most significant findings made by the external review is that military members, in overwhelming numbers, do not report incidents of inappropriate sexual conduct.
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