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LETTER: Sexual harassment in the military is unfortunately not new

Editor: 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

Editor:

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.

Eileen Patterson,

Canmore