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Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Harassment and abuse can happen to any youth, anywhere (school, sports field, summer training camp, at home,

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1 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Harassment and abuse can happen to any youth, anywhere (school, sports field, summer training camp, at home, hockey practice, etc.) Policy of DND: to ensure a respectful, harassment-free and safe learning environment for cadets Legal obligation to report suspected youth abuse (Provincial/Territorial Child Protection laws) CHAP Program Rationale Staff Training Session 1

2 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Roles and responsibilities of CHAP players Roles and responsibilities of CHAP players Players Master Trainers Unit Human Rights Advisors Other Adults in Cadets Role  trainer for UHRA  advisor  trainer  advisor  model appropriate behaviour  take this module  participant Responsibilities  take an intensive training program on CHAP  deliver 2-day Human Rights Advisor Course  act as centre of expertise on CHAP program for the UHRAs in the region  deliver this module to staff  deliver the parents module on CHAP  deliver CHAP to cadets at LHQ  advise cadets/the chain of command on harassment and abuse  take action/seek advice of UHRA when aware of harassment or abuse  understand their rights and responsibilities with respect to harassment and abuse Staff Training Session CCM 2

3 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Agenda Introduction to harassment and abuse Discipline vs. abuse Dealing with disclosures Risk reduction: protecting yourself Understanding consent Staff Training Session 3

4 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Harassment vs. Abuse HARASSMENT Adult HARASSMENT Adult, older youth or youth in a position of authority ABUSE or Adult or Cadet or Cadet or Cadet (minor) or Staff Training Session 4

5 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program The Canadian Human Rights Act: prohibited grounds of discrimination race national or ethnic origin colour religion age sex marital status family status disability pardoned conviction sexual orientation Staff Training Session 5

6 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program  IMPACT NOT INTENT  Staff Training Session 6

7 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Non-contact sexual abuse Examples: Shown sexual videos or pornography Forced to listen to sexual talk, obscene phone calls Forced to pose for seductive or sexual photographs Forced to look at sexual parts of the body (e.g., genitals, buttocks, anus, breasts) Forced to watch sexual acts Objectified and ridiculed about sexual body parts Intrusive questions, comments or sexual nature Object of voyeurism e.g., watching a cadet shower Staff Training Session 7

8 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Contact sexual abuse Examples: Touched in sexual areas Forced to touch another’s sexual areas Kissed or held in a sexual manner Forced to perform sex Staff Training Session 8

9 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Consequences 30% of all sexual assaults in Canada are committed by teenagers.* If your actions do not conform to the standard of behavior expected of a cadet, the Canadian Human Rights Act, or the law, there will be disciplinary and/or legal consequences. Staff Training Session * Bagley Report,

10 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Examples of sanctions verbal apology written apology letter of reprimand referral to counseling reduction in rank expulsion from working with cadets criminal charges imprisonment Staff Training Session * Bagley Report,

11 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Responsibilities of leaders must use that power responsibly and with respect for others must be positive role models for cadets, must set an example must ensure an harassment-free and safe environment must intervene and report incidents of harassment or abuse according to CCM policy must take care of cadets and discipline them, when warranted Staff Training Session 11

12 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Discipline vs. Abuse Discipline is related to misbehaviour only deals with the misbehaviour does not humiliate is thoughtful represents no threat to youth’s well-being uses action Abuse is not related to behaviour attacks self-esteem: “You’re bad, stupid, worthless, no good…” humiliates is impulsive is more severe than warranted uses force Staff Training Session Fairholm, Hearing the Hurt,

13 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program Discipline vs. Abuse (cont.) Discipline Means youth accepts responsibility for youth’s actions Is based on equality and respect Encourages youth to problem-solve Demonstrates caring Teaches good behaviour Abuse Means adult takes responsibility for youth’s action Is based on superior/ dominance control Assumes only adults can solve youth’s problems Demonstrates hostility Destroys Staff Training Session Fairholm, Hearing the Hurt,

14 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program The Issue of Consent Consent is… active not passive: words and body language say “Yes” based on choice: both have power to say “No” not manipulated: no pleading, no guilt feelings not coerced: no imbalance of power not submission due to fear: no threats freely given: it is an individual’s choice Staff Training Session Fairholm, Hearing the Hurt,

15 Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program The main message for staff is that harassment incidents should be dealt with internally, informally, where appropriate, at the lowest level possible, by the CCM, while abuse incidents must be reported externally to the local Child Protection Agency. Staff should consult the UHRA who will know the correct procedures to follow. Always remember that, when considering your actions, it is the impact and not the intent that matters most. Staff Training Session Wrap-Up 15


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