It has been a full day since Statistics Canada released its landmark survey that showed almost 1,000 military members have reported being sexually assaulted over the past year.
The survey also found full-time female members were four times more likely to be assaulted than male members. The more than 960 cases reported amounts to 1.7% of the military, 0.8% higher than other working Canadians.
“Culture shift” are the words being used by the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton to describe what needs to happen to make the military a safer place. Executive Director at SACE, Mary Jane James says “the only way to address sexual violence in the military and all environments would be through a cultural shift. It values the inherent worth of people and holds those who use offending behaviours accountable for their actions. It takes time but it’s the only real way to end sexual violence.”
In a news conference Monday, Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance said he was “extremely disappointed” after reading the report and said he’d be fine with people who may choose or have chosen to commit sexual violence, to leave the ranks.
James says military bases she has been in-touch with have been receptive to reading information and help curb this ongoing problem.
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