The Major-General-George-R.-Peekes National Defense Building, in Ottawa (Archive photo)
Men accounted for nearly half of all new cases opened for allegations of sexual misconduct in the military during the latest reporting period official in 2022-23.
The Department of Defense said that during this time, 1,431 new cases were opened over a 12-month period. Of these, 645 people identified as women and 528 as men. The others identified themselves as being of a different sex or the sex was not identified, it is specified.
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The programs and services offered by the center are supposed to be inclusive and open to all, regardless of gender, but officials acknowledge gaps.
It is essential that people feel safe and supported. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case for many male-identifying people, who have historically faced stigma in heterosexual and LGBTQ2S+ communities, the Ministry said in a written statement. CSRIS understands that everyone can be affected by sexual misconduct and has designed all of its programs with this in mind.
The Ministry has indicated that it does not currently offer services specifically aimed at men.
The company vying for the sole-source contract is Men and Healing, a psychotherapy practice based in Ottawa. The tender is not costed and is intended to give other interested companies the opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to carry out the work.
Charlotte Duval-Lantoine, a member of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, said the department's admission that men victims of sexual misconduct were not well served is significant.
Last month, Statistics Canada reported that the percentage of men in the military who reported being sexually assaulted was 2.5 times higher in 2022 than in 2018.
We know that men tend to underreport sexual assault, explained Ms. Duval-Lantoine.
She calls for further research to be conducted to determine whether the reported increase is due to increased awareness of sexual misconduct or an actual increase in the number of assaults.
According to Charlotte Duval-Lantoine, member of the Canadian Institute of Global Affairs, the Department's admission that men victims of sexual misconduct were not well served is significant. (File photo)
She said it's no surprise that men in the military who report sexual misconduct generally don't feel safe or supported.
In a culture as masculine as that of the Canadian Armed Forces, sexual assault against men is not really accepted, especially if the perpetrator is a woman, she said . It is not at all surprising to see this type of situation where men are not understood or not listened to, or even outright rejected.
Ms. Duval-Lantoine added that while women are undeniably more likely to experience sexual misconduct in the military, bias is only just beginning to be recognized. unconscious that men are the aggressors and women are exclusively the victims.
She notes that more than 40% of plaintiffs in recent class action lawsuits against the federal government for sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces were men.
We have just awakened to this issue, she stressed.
The Ministry of National Defense clarified that even if CSRIS does not have a specific program for men, it funds 32 projects in the non-profit community sector across the country.
Most funded projects provide services to those who identify as men, although some of them have specific programs for those who identify as women, the ministry said .
With information from Murray Brewster of CBC News