OTTAWA — Canada’s veterans ombudsman says a recent investigation by her office has found victims of military sexual misconduct are being referred away from existing peer-support programs for service members with PTSD and other psychological trauma.

Nishika Jardine says survivors who reveal their experiences are being directed instead to the Department of National Defence’s sexual misconduct response centre or local rape crisis centres, but that those services do not address the victims’ unique needs.

Jardine says that is why she is adding her voice to calls for the creation of a peer-support program for those who have experienced sexual trauma while serving in uniform.

Survivors had been calling for dedicated peer support even before allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several top commanders put a fresh focus on sexual misconduct in the ranks in recent months.

The Liberal government set aside money in this year’s federal budget for in-person and online pilot peer-support programs.

Jardine says she welcomes that commitment, though the government has yet to reveal the full details.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 2, 2021.

The Canadian Press

The post Victims of military sexual trauma turned away from peer-support programs: ombudsman appeared first on 660 NEWS.

7 thoughts on “Victims of military sexual trauma turned away from peer-support programs: ombudsman”

  1. Depois que a maioria dos telefones celulares for desligada, a restrição à entrada incorreta de senha será suspensa. Neste momento, você pode entrar no sistema por meio de impressão digital, reconhecimento facial, etc.

  2. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, very good site!

  3. Excellent website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Cheers!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *