Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve 2018: Key trends since 2016

Release date: May 22, 2019
Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve 2018: Key trends since 2016
Description: Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve 2018: Key trends since 2016

Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve 2018: Key trends since 2016

Sexual assault

Women in the Reserve were 6 times more likely than men to be sexually assaulted.

Percent sexually assaulted in the 12 months preceding the survey
Gender Percent
Women 7.0%
Men 1.2%
Note: Includes incidents of sexual assault which occurred in the military workplace or involving other military members. Sexual assault includes sexual attacks, unwanted sexual touching, or sexual activity without the ability to consent.

The prevalence of sexual assault did not change between 2016 and 2018.

In 2018, similar to 2016:

  • 86% of incidents of sexual assault involved unwanted sexual touching.

Between 2016 and 2018:

  • From 18% to 30% - the percentage of victims who said that someone in authority found out about the incident increased.

Sexualized or discriminatory behaviours

7 in 10 Primary Reserve members witnessed or experienced sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the past 12 months, down from 8 in 10 in 2016.

5 in 10 women and 4 in 10 men who witnessed sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in 2018 took action.

Percent personally targeted
  2016 2018
Reservists 20% 17%
Note: Represents statistically significant changes between 2016 and 2018.

In 2018, 34% of women and 13% of men were personally targeted by sexualized or discriminatory behaviour.

Reporting of targeted behaviours to someone in authority increased from 25% in 2016 to 30% in 2018.

Operation HONOUR

In 2018, Primary Reserve members were more optimistic about Operation HONOUR than they were in 2016.

Operation HONOUR
Primary Reserve members believe Operation HONOUR will be: 2016 2018
Slightly or not at all effective 25% 13%
Moderately effective 36% 28%
Very or extremely effective 29% 51%
Note: Responses of "don't know" are not shown.

For more information, see: Sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve, 2018

Source: Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2018.

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