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This isn’t friendly fire’: Combatting ‘outrageous’ level of sexual violence in military requires resources, independent body, say experts

By Samantha Wright Allen      

‘The burnout and the pain is palpable and it should not be up to us to keep sending the same message year after year,’ says one survivor who called on the government to act.

Christine Wood, left, co-chair of It's Just 700, and Julie Lalonde, a sexual-assault prevention educator testify before the House Status of Women committee April 8. Photograph courtesy of ParlVu screengrab

The federal government needs to take “urgent” action to address the sexual violence that military members experience in their workplace, say advocates who urged a parliamentary committee to recommend targeted long-term funding, better support, mandatory training, and an independent body where victims can confidently take complaints.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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