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Canadian Armed Forces - Sexual Misconduct & Harassment

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wagners is actively investigating a potential class action into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Misconduct and harassment is a deep-rooted problem in Canadian military culture. Complaints of sexual misconduct deemed “founded” have risen by 22 per-cent in 2016 compared with 2015. In 2015, 174 founded complaints of sexual offences were identified. Moreover, a 2015 external review into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the CAF concluded that underreporting is a common phenomenon.

The external review, headed by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Marie Deschamps, revealed a sexualized environment in the CAF, which is conducive to serious incidents of sexual harassment and assault. The external review report concluded that members of the military frequently suffer from degrading expressions, sexual jokes and unwelcome touching. Reports of inappropriate relationships between members of differing ranks and date rape highlighted the use of sex to enforce power relationships and to punish and ostracize members. The report noted that there is a broadly held perception in the lower ranks that those in the chain of command either condone inappropriate sexual conduct, or are willing to turn a blind-eye to it.

The report also concluded that the CAF processes to identify, report, investigate and resolve incidents of sexual harassment are too complex to be effective, and do not yield appropriate outcomes. Resulting sanctions are often a mere slap on the wrist, making it unsurprising that most victims choose not to report an incident.

In addition, the review uncovered insufficient data collection relating to occurrences of sexual harassment or sexual assault, and thus little accountability in the chain of command for the incidents.

A survey of 40,000 members of the CAF is currently underway by Statistics Canada to determine members’ personal experiences with sexual misconduct. The results are due to be published later this year.

Last month alone, two members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Halifax were charged with sexual assault of fellow members arising from unrelated incidents.

If you or a loved one have been affected by sexual harassment or misconduct in the CAF, we invite you to contact Wagners on a confidential basis for more information.


About the Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice in Nova Scotia

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

When an injury or death is caused by medical malpractice, you must take legal action within the applicable statute of limitations. If you file a legal claim later than the expiry of the time limit, it could be too late, and the claim considered statute barred. The time limits and some exceptions that may apply are described here below.  ..

Government Efforts to Reduce Motorcycle Accidents in Halifax

Victor Lewin
Monday, October 03, 2016

In the last 10 years motor vehicle fatalities have declined, except for motorcyclists, who have experienced an increase in injuries and fatalities over the same period. Motorcyclists are at least 15 times more likely to be involved in a crash than automobile drivers and 14 times more likely to die in a collision, as reported by Ted Laturnus in the Globe and Mail.  ..

Facial Injuries, Including Scarring

Jane Turner
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Anyone can end up with a permanent and serious facial injury or death from an accident resulting someone else’s negligence. The challenge legally is to arrive at a reasonable amount of compensation with the responsible party for the losses that were endured. You accident lawyer in New Minas at Wagners can help you in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Halifax, Prince Edward Island or beyond. ..