What have we accomplished?
Our group, together, accomplished many things on a local, provincial and national scale. Here are a few:
- 2016- Help change Veterans Affairs Canada adjudication process for claims related to Military Sexual Trauma.
- 2017 - Help slow down the medical release of Military Sexual Trauma survivors until the member really had a chance to heal.
- 2016 (to present) - Survivors of military sexual trauma have a voice on Veterans Affairs Canada Advisory groups, External Advisory Council on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, Court Martial Review, Senate and House studies and reviews, Federal Framework on PTSD and other panels.
- 2017 : Help ensure information on Military Sexual Trauma is added on the Veterans Affairs Canada website.
- 2018- Request the Senate to launch a study on Sexual Harassment and Violence in Defence and Security Institutions.
- 2018 - Participated in the Report 5—Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour—Canadian Armed Forces. A report that contributed in the increase of victim services and support provided by the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defense.
- 2015 (to present): Provide a way for researcher to reach survivors of MST to conduct research about Military Sexual Trauma in Canada. These evidence-based data are often needed to justify increase in services an care.
- 2019 - Make the Veteran Affairs Appeal Board practices more inclusive for survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.
- 2015 (to present): provide a way for practitioners to reach MST survivors to create programs tailored to the needs of Military Sexual Trauma Survivors (see Retreats).
- 2015 (to present) - Awareness through our Teal Scarf project, the Class action lawsuit on Sexual Misconduct in the CAF, the Hand Project and the documentary An Invisible Force.
are you an ally looking for ideas?
You would like to help, but don't know how? Here are some ideas:
- Make MST Survivors feel included in events, programs, groups and networking opportunities
- Acknowledge Veterans with MST are also injured Veterans
- Share some nuggets of information about Military Sexual Trauma during important dates (Gender-Based Violence Day or Victim of Crimes Day for example).
- Take a stand when other Veterans are not being inclusive or hurtful by for example, removing social media comments that are not supportive in a support group for Veterans.
- Avoid message addressing only the "Band of brothers" or "combat injuries" when addressing all Veterans.
- If you are an advocate or a decision maker on matters related to Veterans and injured CAF members, know when it's time to include a Subject Matter Expert on MST.
- If you have never experienced or seen Sexual Violence while in service, that is great. It does not mean it does not happen. When you hear people say that, feel free to share our Hand Project.
- Remembrance Day is a conflicting day for may MST Survivors. When you do a Buddy Check, please include them. Even if they were never in combat.
- Let other Veterans know about the existence of It's Just 700, so they can access to the help they need.
- Get your Teal on in Fall.
- Share your events with us or email us ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We were there...
November 22, 2018 -Standing Committee on National Defence (NDDN)
Bill C-77, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Act. Listen on parlVu
May 28, 2018 - Standing Committee, National Security and Defence
Marie-Claude Gagnon, Founder of It’s Just 700 speaks at the Senate - Canada’s national security and defence policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities on the topic of Sexual Harassment and Violence in Defence and Security Institutions
Watch the video
On February 6, 2017- ACVA meeting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Among Veterans
The Founder of the group It's Just 700 spoke at the ACVA meeting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Among Veterans. The inputs provided during this meeting where used to build Chapter 5.2 Peer Support and Chapter 7.5 Sexual Assault of THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON VETERANS SIXTH REPORT
Listen to the full ACVA meeting or read the minutes.
MP Mathyssen talks about her impression after assisting the town hall meeting last Wednesday. She also bring a point I brought up about Military Sexual Trauma at the Town hall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHBWVdHLPBY&feature=youtu.be
C 211 March 6 2017: Federal Framework for PTSD
Standing committee on veterans affairs (ACVA)
Veterans Affairs Canada
Veterans Affairs Canada Stakeholder Summits
The Chief of Defense Staff General Vance mentioned the importance of It's Just 700 in his speech. He said we help him know if his strategies are successful. We also underlined the importance of including support and training that targets the needs of survivors of Military Sexual Trauma during the report from the Advisory group on Mental Health. Finally, look the Facebook Live event to hear us ask questions about Military Sexual Trauma to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and to his team.
Thank you to four of our members to partake in the Veterans Affairs Ministerial Round-Tables currently taking place around the country. View a video-blog of one of our attendees.
Defense Policy review
Read submissions from Canadian Experts and survivors of Military Sexual Trauma who participated in a Defence Policy Review roundtable on the page Perspectives from defence experts (July 19, Ottawa)
"In cases of sexual harassment we can, with the permission of the complainant, engage the chain of command to inform them we will be tracking how the case is handled through existing departmental and military mechanisms on the member’s behalf. This is an important oversight to ensure procedural fairness for the individual." Read full Review
ACVA Standing Committee Review
MP and Vice-Chair of ACVA Standing Committee Review Irene Mathyssen has been bringing up sexual trauma in her questioning of witnesses on service delivery during her question period minute 16:43 and during her question period with the Veterans Appeal and Review Board Canada.
Quote from the VAC Standing Committee - Nova scotia
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