Infographic: Overview of results from the Survey on Sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016 – Primary Reserve
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Description for Infographic: Overview of results from the Survey on Sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016 – Primary Reserve
One in 40 Primary Reservists was sexually assaulted in the past year.
Forms of Sexual assault include:
|Form of sexual assault||Percent (%)|
|Unwanted sexual touching||75|
|Sexual activity where unable to consent||6|
Women in the Primary Reserves were more likely than men to experience sexual assault (percent)
|Women (%)||Men (%)|
|Past 5 years||14||2|
|Since joining the Canadian Armed Forces||29||4|
Impact of sexual assault on victims
- 16% of victims had difficulty carrying out everyday activities
- Being upset, being more cautious, and feeling angry were the most common consequence among female victims; being annoyed was most common for male victims
- Professional help was sought by 1 in 10 victims
- 6% of victims of sexual assault also suffered physical injuries
Sexualized and discriminatory behaviours
Overall, four in five Primary Forces saw, heard, or experienced inappropriate sexual or discriminatory behaviour.
|Types of sexualized and discriminatory behaviour||Saw, heard, or experienced (%)Footnote 1||Believed it to be offensive (%)Footnote 2|
|Workplace benefits in exchange for sex||1||57|
|Sexually suggestive photos or videos without consent||3||55|
|Discrimination based on gender identity||3||61|
|Repeated pressure for dates or sexual relationships||4||60|
|Discrimination based on sexual orientation||8||67|
|Unwanted physical contact||11||49|
|Mistreatment due to person’s sex||12||69|
|Sexually explicit materials||15||29|
|Comments about sex and job suitability||18||58|
|Unwanted sexual attention||20||38|
|Stereotyping based on person’s sex||24||39|
|Inappropriate discussion about sex life||36||28|
|Inappropriate sexual comments||38||37|
57% of women and 38% of men believe that inappropriate sexual behaviour is a problem within the Canadian Armed Forces, but most believe that their current unit is taking inappropriate sexual behaviour seriously
|My current unit...||Women (%)||Men (%)|
|...would take complaints about inappropriate behaviours seriously||89||94|
|...does not tolerate inappropriate sexual behaviour||88||92|
Source: Statistics Canada, Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016.
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