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MEDIA RESPONSE LINE / RPONSE AUX MDIAS

ISSUE / ENJEU : Red Deer sea cadet charged with sexual assault offences
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OVERVIEW / APERU
Red Deer RCMP have charged a cadet from 126 Red Deer Royal Canadian Sea Cadet
Corps in Red Deer, Alta. with two counts under section 272(1)(a) (Sexual assault with a
weapon), one count under section 173(2) (Indecent act), five counts under section 271
(Sexual assault), and one count under section 151 (Sexual interference) of the Criminal
Code of Canada. The offences are alleged to have occurred in the Red Deer area between
2011 and 2015, in some cases during activities with the Sea Cadets, Scouts Canada, and
at other times unrelated to both organizations. Red Deer RCMP have released a news
release, which indicates the individuals involvement with the Cadet Program.
Approach / Approche : Passive.
KEY MESSAGES / MESSAGES CLS

We are aware that Red Deer RCMP have charged a cadet from 126 Royal Canadian
Sea Cadet Corps in Red Deer, Alberta in relation to sexual assault offences, some of
which are alleged to have occurred during cadet activities.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces take these
charges very seriously and we are cooperating fully with police. This cadet has been
suspended and is not permitted to participate in cadet activities pending the outcome
of this matter.

The protection, safety and welfare of cadets are always our first priority. Cadets are
taught that inappropriate sexual behaviour of any kind is unacceptable and they are
encouraged to report any incidents regardless of whether the offender is a peer or
superior.

Allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour during cadet activities are taken very
seriously. When allegations are reported, they are investigated and followed up with
appropriate action. If there is any possibility that a criminal act has been committed,
the matter is immediately referred to the police agency of jurisdiction.

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This document is a draft and has not been reviewed by all necessary stakeholders or approved for release. It is an internal working
document and may contain inaccuracies or incomplete information that could lead to incorrect conclusions without additional review.
It may not be released until approved to do so.

As this matter is now before the courts and police investigation ongoing, it would be
inappropriate to comment further on specific circumstances. Any questions about the
investigation should be directed to Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / RENSEIGNEMENTS SUPPLMENTAIRES


Q&As / Questions et rponses
Q1.

What do you do to deal with sexual harassment and abuse?

A1.
The Department of National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian
Cadet Organizations (CCO) do not tolerate incidents of inappropriate sexual behaviour.
Allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour are immediately investigated by the proper
authorities and followed up with appropriate action.
All allegations and indications of inappropriate sexual behaviour are taken very seriously.
Positive Social Relations for Youth Training is mandatory for all members of the CCO.
It prepares cadets to interact comfortably within the community and positively with
others, exercise sound judgment, accept personal responsibility for actions and choices,
deal with interpersonal conflict, and seek help from available resources when needed.
Q2.

Who supervises cadets? Are these individuals screened?

A2.
Cadets are supervised by selected and screened members of the Canadian Armed
Forces (CAF), federal public service employees, civilian instructors, contractors and
adult volunteers.
All CAF members and federal public service employees undergo reliability screening,
and all adults working in direct contact with cadets require screening through a Police
Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening every five years.
Q3.

How can a cadet report an incident of inappropriate sexual behaviour?

A3.
Cadets are provided an age-sensitive prevention training that encourages them to
report any inappropriate sexual behaviour to a person in authority. Counselling, chaplain,
police, instructors and other resources are available to cadets in these situations. Cadets
are also encouraged to consult with and seek guidance from their parents.
Q4.

Once an alleged criminal act is reported, what action is taken?

A4.
In all situations where a possible criminal act is alleged, the matter is immediately
referred to the police agency of jurisdiction. The alleged offender is suspended
immediately and is not permitted to participate in cadet activities pending the outcome of
the matter.

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This document is a draft and has not been reviewed by all necessary stakeholders or approved for release. It is an internal working
document and may contain inaccuracies or incomplete information that could lead to incorrect conclusions without additional review.
It may not be released until approved to do so.

Drafted by / Prpar par : Capt K.D. Walker, RCSU (NW) PAO, (204) 833-2500 ext
4937
Consulted / Consultation : Maj D.J. Keirstead, C Res & Cdts Snr PAO, (613) 996-4314
LCdr D. Fitzpatrick, RCSU(NW) Sea Trg O (204) 833-2500 ext 5581
Capt V. West, RCSU(NW) SRO, (204) 833-2500 ext 4595
Approved by/ Approbation : LCol N. Head, DCO RCSU (NW), (204) 833-2500 ext
6372
Date : 2 Jul 15
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This document is a draft and has not been reviewed by all necessary stakeholders or approved for release. It is an internal working
document and may contain inaccuracies or incomplete information that could lead to incorrect conclusions without additional review.
It may not be released until approved to do so.