Survivor group urges patience as feds face calls for military sex misconduct apology

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OTTAWA — A survivors’ group is urging patience as the federal government faces calls to deliver a long-promised apology to military personnel affected by sexual misconduct while in uniform.

The apology was first promised in 2019 as part of a settlement deal with current and former service members in several class-action lawsuits.

The Royal Canadian Legion today called on the government to make good on the promise, describing the apology as an important step toward addressing sexual misconduct in Canada’s military.

But the co-chair of It’s Not Just 700, a support and advocacy group created for survivors of military sexual trauma, says members of her group don’t want the event rushed.

Sam Samplonius says many survivors are struggling as they are forced to revisit and relive extremely painful memories to apply for inclusion in the $900-million settlement before next week’s deadline.

And she says survivors want a genuine apology from the government and military rather than something that is rushed or disingenuous.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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