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Status of Women committee  I've talked to both men and women from the Canadian Armed Forces who were sexually exploited, and in some cases, it was easier.... It's easier for me to come forward and say, “I experienced sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces,” than it is for one of my male colleagues

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  It's not that I'm not allowed them. It's that I have to come up with the resources to pay for them on my own—

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  —and I don't have that ability.

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  Yes, and I believe that victims in the Canadian Armed Forces need their own lawyers. If you're going to go, you need to have your own lawyer. You need an advocate. You need someone to protect you when you're going through that system.

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  I hope that they will correct the damages and the harm that was done to me and they'll lift the discrimination. I hope that will happen. I can't afford legal representation. What I've done is I've tried to do it myself. It's hard. I have a background in human resource management.

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  Yes, humiliate and beat people up: that's not going to work.

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  I see the difference. I see it where they.... In the Canadian Armed Forces, in the training, they had policies and procedures that were put in place to try to protect against injuries, but the leadership just wasn't following them. An example would be that you're only allowed to

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  It's an online group that was formed by Marie-Claude Gagnon. It is a group that's a safe place for people who have experienced the hostile sexualized culture to go to and to get peer support from. It's where people understand what happened—or they have some sort of an understandi

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  My experience is that the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre is there, but it functions very similarly to the ombudsman's office. You can call them up, and they'll do basic crisis intervention with you, but they're going to be directing you back into the chain of command. That has

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  When I joined the reserves, I'd say that 10% were women, or maybe higher, maybe 15%. A 17-year-old girl joined at the same time, and she dropped out of the military after experiencing the harassment. When I went through for direct entry officer into the basic training, I would

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  No. My female colleagues said to me that they would never say that there was sexual harassment going on. They wouldn't do it because they didn't want the negative harassment to happen to them. Because I went forward, I did not receive support. No, nobody supported me. I was lik

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  I always had aspirations of participating in public service. I wanted to do social work, and my master's degree is in international social work, so I thought the Canadian Armed Forces would be a good fit. I had always thought that the Canadian Armed Forces would be a place where

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

Status of Women committee  Yes. The whole idea that you're going to create toughness by acting the way that the members of the Canadian Armed Forces are acting is not going to work out, because you're going to have a lot of injuries, and a lot of things where you're going to end up killing people before th

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald

May 9th, 2019Committee meeting

Paula MacDonald