Where there is a will there is a way!

THE CHALLENGE TO THE CF LEADERSHIP

1 military sexual assaultsJANUARY 22, 2016.  On March 27, 2105 in her External Review into Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces {ERA] , retired Madam Marie Deschamps, formerly of the Supreme Court of Canada reports that “a large percentage of incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault are NOT reported. First and foremost, she writes, victims “fear of negative repercussion for career progression, including being removed from the unit, is one of the most important reasons why members do not report such incidents.” She added:

“Victims expressed concern about not being believed, being stigmatized as weak, labeled as a trouble-maker, subjected to retaliation by peers and supervisors, or diagnosed as unfit for work. There is also a strong perception that the complaint process lacks confidentiality. Underlying all of these concerns is a deep mistrust that the chain of command will take such complaints seriously.”

CREATE AN EXTERNAL INDEPENDENT CRISIS INTERVENTION CENTRE

Madam Deschamps concluded and recommended that

[What]  is demanded internally by many of the CAF’s own members, [and] temergencvy 5he ERA recommends creating a center for accountability forsexual assault and harassment, independent from the CAF, with responsibility for receiving complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct, as well as responsibility for prevention, victim support, data collection, training, and monitoring of case outcomes. Complaint processes should allow victims to choose whether or not they wish their complaint to trigger a formal investigation, but in either case should entitle the victim to  receive treatment and support services.

“. . . the only way to increase the frequency of reporting is to create a reporting mechanism outside of the chain of command. Indeed, a number of other military organizations—for example in the United States, Australia and France—have created independent offices to receive reports of sexual
misconduct, as well as to provide victim support, conduct training, and track data. Most of these offices allow victims to decide whether or not they wish their complaint to trigger a formal complaint and investigation process. Regardless of which path they choose,however, victims are offered treatment and support.”

MILITARY LEADERSHIP FAILED AND VACUOUS RESPONSE TO ERA RECOMMENDATIONS PERPETUATES A CULTURE OF MISMANAGEMENT OF THE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ISSUE

DNDNTruth be told, Madame Deschamps reports was quite horrific, quite shocking. Plain and simple, her report indicates a culture a mismanagement, if not cover-up in the way the military has – and perhaps ever continues – to handle this issue. Stubbornly, the Canadian Armed Forces military has totally ignored the recommendation of Madame Marie Deschamps to set up an EXTERNAL and INDEPENDENT crisis intervention centre to provide victims of serious sexual abuse,

The military decision to set up a centre, in an hidden location within National Defence Headquarters, which victims can only reach during working hours, Monday to Friday via a 1-800 phone line or an internet address is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.  It treats as bombast the sage recommendation of Madame Deschamps: “The only way to increase the frequency of reporting is to create a reporting mechanism outside of the chain of command” because already “there is also a strong perception that the complaint process lacks confidentiality. Underlying all of these concerns is a deep mistrust that the chain of command will take such complaints seriously.”

Hence today’s new embarrassing media report about the centre should not surprise anyone. (see links below) Hopefully, it will mobilize the political class to take charge by ordering some REAL and MEANINGFUL measures to implement the recommendations of Madame Deschamps

Jan 22, 2016- Centre gets ANOTHER temporary director

Centre has limited hours

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