Day: September 3, 2021

Hidden victims
News, Our Veterans

Hidden victims

Military sexual misconduct isn’t just a women’s issue.  Yes, military women are the more likely targets of harassment, assault and rape. A 2018 survey of Canadian military sexual misconduct by Statistics Canada reported about 3,000 of the nearly 11,000 regular force women—27 per cent—in the Canadian Armed Forces had been targets of sexualized or discriminatory behaviour.  But 13 per cent of the 57,000 regular force men—nearly 7,500—were similarly victimized. And chances are that’s a very conservative figure.  The survey showed few serving personnel are untouched by sexual misbehaviour—70 per cent of respondents reported that they had observed or were subject to sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the previous year.  According to the 2015 external review of military sexual misco...
Operation Apollo
Army, Military History

Operation Apollo

The 9/11 attack triggered an international response, and Canada was quick to join the fight Many Canadians learned their soldiers were fighting a war in Afghanistan when an Associated Press photograph appeared in newspapers across the country showing masked members of Canada’s elite special forces unit hustling three detainees off the back of an American MH-53J helicopter.   It was Jan. 21, 2002, and some 40 highly trained commandos of Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2) had been operating in-country since at least Dec. 5. Even the prime minister, said some reports, wasn’t informed of their deployment until sometime after the fact. Still, the preponderance of Canadians didn’t seem surprised. Those who were paying attention would have known by late December that something was afoot, but most ap...

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