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Lt. Gen. Whitecross reveals how CAF will combat sexual misconduct

Lt. Gen. Whitecross is the highest ranking woman in the Canadian Armed Forces. And now she's been tasked with cleaning up the military's long-standing misogynistic culture, its problems with sexual harassment, and abuse. No easy battle but she says she's up for the fight.
Lt. Gen. Whitecross, commander of the Canadian Armed Forces strategic response team on sexual misconduct, says her message to troops is "If your conduct requires of it, you will be released from the Canadian Armed Forces." . (Canadian Press)

Marie Deschamps, a former Supreme Court justice is the author of an inquiry into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces, (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Based on my consultations with members of the Canadian Forces, both victims of harassment and assault, and professionals who work to assist victims, I found that the creation of an independent centre to assist and support victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment is an essential step in rebuilding the confidence of members in their organization.- Marie Deschamps delivering report on sexual misconduct in the CAF 

Retired Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps' reportdescribed a highly-sexualized workplace, a military with a misogynistic streak. And now, it's over to the military's highest ranking woman to implement the report's recommendations.

That person, is Lieutenant General Christine Whitecross. She became the first woman in the Forces to reach that rank, when she was promoted last month.

The highest ranking woman official in the Canadian Air Force (CAF) was in Winnipeg Friday to discuss the formation of a new response team dedicated to addressing sexual misconduct in the Canadian military. 1:47

As Commander of the Strategic Response Team on Sexual Conduct, she has been visiting troops across the country since the Deschamps Report's release, to get their feedback, and share her plan.

She's sharing that plan with us today. Lieutenant General Christine Whitecross was in our Halifax studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry.