Pacific fleet commander says no room for sexual misconduct on navy ships

By The Canadian Press
May 25, 2016 - 4:33pm

VICTORIA — The top-ranking naval officer on the West Coast says there’s no room for sexual misconduct on board ships.

Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier says in an interview with The Canadian Press he lives by a policy of “not in my navy” with regards to sexual misconduct offences in the Canadian Forces.

The commanding officer of Maritime Forces Pacific says military investigations of alleged sexual misconduct incidents have increased since the Armed Forces formed a crisis response centre last year at the Department of National Defence.

Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Marie Deschamps delivered a report last year that documented what she described as a culture of sexual harassment in the military.

Couturier says victims of sexual misconduct are being urged to come forward with allegations of abuse.

Couturier says Canadian women should feel comfortable and safe embarking on careers in the navy.

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