A plan was introduced on Wednesday morning by Canada's top military commander, General Jonathan Vance, after The Department of National Defence called sexual misconduct "a wicked problem" in The Canadian Armed Forces.

The new approach's goal is to start a program called, The Path Towards Dignity and Respect, that will draw focus to Operation Honour, and address the fundamentals of sexual misconduct.

Operation Honour has faced nation-wide backlash since reports of sexual misconduct within our military came to light in 2013, claiming that authorities aren't doing enough to crack down on this issue.

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There are no quick fixes for achieving culture change. It requires sustained effort and continual assessment to ensure we remain on track.

The new plan in place calls for upgraded leadership within the military and better handling of cases when they arise.

In a recent study, the DND found that alleged victims don't feel supported by their superiors enough to come forward and report incidents surrounding sexual misconduct.

"Participants described feeling dismissed, ignored, or not believed by their supervisors and other leaders," the survey described.

Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau calls the new strategy to combat sexual misconduct the very first of its kind in any Western military.

Rouleau could not definitively announce the date that the plan will be set in motion, but assures Canadians that he and the military's judge advocate general, are sharply focused on getting things started.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

 
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