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New Data: Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (SSMCAF) - 2016

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New Data: Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (SSMCAF) ‑ 2016

Posted by ARDC on July 17, 2017 in News

The Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (SSMCAF) - 2016 is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects.

The purpose of the Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (SSMCAF) is to collect information about the prevalence and nature of inappropriate sexual behaviour within the military, the reporting of inappropriate sexual behaviour to authorities and military members' perception of the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) response to this issue.

This report is based on results from the Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces conducted by Statistics Canada in 2016 on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

From April to June 2016, active Regular Force and Primary Reserve members were invited to complete a voluntary survey conducted under the authority of the Statistics Act asking about their experiences and perceptions of inappropriate sexualized behaviour, discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and sexual assault within the CAF. This included witnessing or experiencing these types of behaviours within the military workplace, or outside the military workplace but involving other military members or Department of Defence employees or contractors.

Responses were received from over 43,000 active members of the CAF, including members of the Regular Force and Primary Reserve. Regular Force members had a higher response rate (61%) than those in the Primary Reserve (36%). As with all Statistics Canada surveys, respondents were informed that their individual responses would be protected under the Statistics Act.