Rape rampant in Canadian army

This video says about itself:

13 November 2015

Canada’s Sikh Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has faced racial abuse from his own soldier for being Indian. Apparently, a non-commissioned officer from the Canadian Forces Base commented on Sajjan making a racist reference on social media.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Hundreds of Canadian soldiers assaulted by colleagues

Today, 18:04

Nearly one thousand Canadian soldiers during the last twelve months have been victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment. More than a quarter of the female soldiers have been assaulted during their careers, says the Canadian Statistical Office.

The office examined the situation, because the Canadian army has had for long time a reputation of hostility and aggression against women and homosexuals.

The army top brass began last year a campaign to put an end to harassment and sexual violence, but the Canadian Chief of Staff General Jonathan Vance acknowledges that the campaign appears to have had little effect. He calls the outcome of the investigation “sobering, but not surprising.”


Vance thinks the sexual mores are substantial problem for the Canadian Forces. “We know about it and try to address it. These new figures make me more motivated than ever to eradicate this behavior and ban the perpetrators from the army.”

The statistical office calculated that sexual assault and sexual harassment in the armed forces appear almost twice as much as in other work environments. 840 soldiers say they had to do last year with “unwanted sexual touching”, 150 soldiers have assaulted people and 110 soldiers complained about other unwanted sexual acts.

Higher rank

About 15 percent of the Canadian Forces are women and most of the complaints came from women soldiers. 49 percent said the perpetrator was a man with a higher rank.

Statistically, for soldiers one may expect that far less than 49% of other soldiers are of higher rank. I have no Canadian army figures on this; but in most armies the higher the rank, the less soldiers with that rank. So it looks like the higher the rank, the worse the sexual abuse.

Among men who reported sexual violence or intimidation, the perpetrators were primarily soldiers in the same rank.

The report does not mention any case of a soldier with a lower rank assaulting or harassing someone of higher rank.

Eight out of ten surveyed Canadian soldiers have also witnessed or have been targets last year of inappropriate sexual comments, innuendo, insults and jokes, the researchers say.

Men in Canadian army are at ‘significantly’ greater risk of suicide after deployment, study finds: here.

12 thoughts on “Rape rampant in Canadian army

  1. If a woman is raped by an acquaintance, it’s not “true” rape.

    That’s according to Captain Peter Rose of the New York City Police Department, who actually said acquaintance rapes are “not total abomination rapes.” Even worse? Rose leads a police precinct that is currently seeing an unprecedented spike in rape crimes.1

    Let’s be clear: the NYPD is saying being raped by an acquaintance isn’t that bad.

    This is the kind of attitude in law enforcement and the courts that allows the rape of 1 in 6 women to happen–or lets rapists like Brock Turner off the hook.2 If we speak up in large numbers while Captain Rose is under fire for his disgusting comments, we can send the message now–rape, acquaintance or not, and the public figures that brush it aside WON’T be tolerated.

    Tell the New York City Police Department: Fire Captain Peter Rose.
    Sign the petition

    Rose’s comments are dangerous to the people he is tasked to protect. He said he isn’t “too worried” because out of 13 rapes committed, “only two were true stranger rapes.”

    This kind of attitude tells the public and other law enforcement, especially the ones in Rose’s supervision, that rape by an acquaintance isn’t to be taken as seriously. The vast majority of rapes, 72% in fact, are committed by an acquaintance or relative.3

    When thousands of people spoke out against former Congressman Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, they stopped him from taking a seat in the U.S. Senate.4 When one million UltraViolet members raised hell against Judge Aaron Persky, who let Brock Turner go after raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, he was forced to step down from hearing criminal cases.5 Because when we take action together, we stop rape culture in its tracks and hold these rapist sympathizers accountable.

    Now, can you speak out again to make sure Captain Peter Rose is forced off the NYPD?

    Thanks for taking action.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team


    1. Sex Attacks Up 62 Percent in Greenpoint as Most Cases Remain Unsolved, DNA Info, January 6, 2017

    2. Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, accessed: January 6, 2017

    Remember Brock Turner? From 3 Months Ago? He’ll Leave Jail On Friday., Huffington Post, August 20, 2016

    3. Perpetrators of Sexual Violence: Statistics, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, accessed: January 6, 2017

    4. Rape remarks sink two Republican Senate hopefuls, NBC News, November 6, 2012

    5. Brock Turner judge to no longer hear criminal cases, CNN, August 25, 2016


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