Mitigating the Ethical Risk of Sexual Misconduct in Organizations


  1. Messervey, D.
  2. Davis, K.D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Canadian Forces (CF) instituted its first sexual harassment policy in 1988. Throughout the 1990s, however, harassment and assault in the CF made national news in Canada. In 1992, a Montreal Gazette headline read, “Complaints of Harassment Heard from Every Base across Canada.” A 1993 Globe and Mail front page headline read “Sex and the Military: Battling Harassment.” A front page headline in the Toronto Sunday Star in May 1994 announced, “Gulf War Hero Officer Guilty of Harassment.” The officer in question had faced accusations of sexual assault against a female officer while he had served as the senior CF officer in the Persian Gulf in 1991. In 1992, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) issued a CF-wide message making it clear that harassment would not be tolerated in the CF: Sexual harassment in particular is an insidious behaviour that victimizes people and attacks their dignity and self-respect. It erodes mutual trust and confidence, adversely affects morale and unit cohesion, and can reduce operational effectiveness. Armed Forces council endorse quote zero tolerance unquote of sexual harassment. This means that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the CF, that our goal is zero incidents of sexual harassment, and that if incidents occur, they will be resolved quickly, effectively, and fairly
ethical risk;sexual misconduct
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P037 — External Literature
Date of publication
19 May 2016
Number of Pages
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