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Military has 'endemic' sexual misconduct problem

A scathing report on sexual misconduct and harassment in the military reveals there is an "underlying sexualized culture" in the forces that is "hostile to women and LBGTQ members." We ask the woman in charge of fixing the problem, Maj.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, how she is going to change the military's culture.
Gen. Tom Lawson, second from right, chief of the defence staff, speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, April 30, 2015 following the release of an inquiry into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces. Marie Deschamps, a former Supreme Court justice and the report's author is at right, Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross is at left and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West is second from left. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

A scathing report written by a retired Supreme Court Justice on sexual misconduct and harassment in the military has rocked the Canadian Armed Forces. It concluded that "there is an underlying sexualized culture in the CAF that is hostile to women and LBGTQ members and conducive to more serious incidents of sexual harassment and assault." Retired judge Marie Deschamps says both a culture change and an independent center for sexual assault and harassment are needed to begin to address the issue.

The Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson says he accepts that a culture change is needed, but he's cool to the idea of an independent center. Lawson has set up a response team led by Maj.-Gen. Christine Whitecross to study the report's findings. We ask Maj.-Gen. Whitecross who is accountable and how she plans to fix it.