Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and should not be considered as legal advice.
Reporting a sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces
Military or Civilian authorities?
Any complainant of a sexual assault in the CAF always has the choice to make his or her report to either military or civilian authorities. Further, even though a complainant of sexual assault initially reported the allegations to the military police, he or she may, at any time, request that the complaint be transferred to civilian authorities. However, there may be instances where investigating or prosecuting authorities may, as a function of their own discretion, take a decision that is contrary to the wishes of the complainant. Recently, the Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP) has updated several policy directives including those that address consideration of the views of the complainant regarding jurisdiction for prosecution of the offence between military and civilian authorities. The DMP has directed that a prosecutor must seek and consider the views of the complainant when determining the most appropriate jurisdiction for the matter to be dealt with and has set out a number of different factors that a prosecutor must take into consideration including:
Canadian Armed Forces Progress Report #4 Addressing Sexual Misconduct - Part 5 Progress on the ERA Recommendations
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC)
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) is an independent resource for victims in Canada. The Office was created in 2007 to ensure the federal government meets its responsibilities to victims of crime.
Victims can contact the Office to learn more about their rights under federal law and the services available to them, or to make a complaint about any federal agency or federal legislation dealing with victims of crime. In addition to its direct work with victims, the Office also works to ensure that policy makers and other criminal justice personnel are aware of victims' needs and concerns and to identify important issues and trends that may negatively impact victims. Where appropriate, the Ombudsman may also make recommendations to the federal government.
Canadian Human Rights Commission
File a human rights complaint against the Government of Canada, against a specific government department.
A civil case is a private case where someone sues someone else. This is also known as a suit or action. In a criminal case, the Crown prosecutes an accused under a public-law statute such as the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Learn about the class-action lawsuit started by members of the group It's Just 700.