Sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces is nothing new.
As a new recruit in the Royal Canadian Air Force, I had my breasts grabbed. When I was stationed in Moncton, N.B., I had sexual remarks made during meal lineups.
When I was married to an airman, we were stationed in France. In Italy, men pinched women’s buttocks. When I returned to Canada I served as a dental nurse with the Army Dental Corps in Ottawa. Male dental technicians would watch pornographic movies during lunchtime.
Upon release from the Canadian Armed Forces, my husband and I moved to Canmore. He opened a locksmith business in Banff, and I was elected to Town council. His resentment to this festered one day where he pushed me to the floor and I had a fist in my face. Luckily, he changed his mind. He returned to his first girlfriend in British Columbia, leaving me financially destitute. I always made sure my pets ate first.