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The survey indicates that 3.5% of Canadian Armed Forces respondents report having been sexually assaulted by another member of the military in 2022. ( Archive photo)

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A new report from Statistics Canada suggests the problem of sexual misconduct in the military is getting worse.< /p>

The survey indicates that 3.5% of Canadian Armed Forces respondents report having been sexually assaulted by another member of the military in 2022.

It s' This is a significant increase, more than doubling from the 1.6% reported in the same survey in 2018 and 1.7% in 2016.

Statistics Canada defines sexual assault as an attack of a sexual nature, unwanted sexual contact or sexual activity to which the victim could not consent.

The victims of these attacks were more likely to be women, according to the survey. Sexual assaults were also more common among Regular Force members who are young, Aboriginal, have a disability or whose sexual orientation is not heterosexual.

Most people who reported being victims of these attacks said they did not report them to authorities, in many cases because x27;they didn't believe it would change anything.

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However, more than half of respondents who said they had witnessed inappropriate sexual behavior said they had intervened.

Statistics Canada says that a third of regular members of the armed forces responded to the survey commissioned by the Canadian Armed Forces. More than 18,500 Regular Force members completed and submitted the questionnaire in 2022, and the results were weighted to represent the entire Regular Force population, says Statistics Canada.

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