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Auditor general’s report on sexual misconduct in military: another canon shot, new signal of distress

By Michel Drapeau      

Immediate legislative changes should be made to ensure that victims of crimes are not only treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, but also that they be entitled to the same protection afforded to every other individual in Canada by the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson, pictured in this file photograph at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, was not at last week's press conference due to health reasons. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

In April 2015, the general public took note of former justice of the Supreme Court Marie Deschamps’ report to the then chief of the defence staff, in which she called for improved treatment of cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault. In response to her report, the Canadian Armed Forces set up Operation Honour and opened a Sexual Misconduct Response Centre which, contrary to the recommendation of Deschamps, is located within the Defence establishment.

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