Military Sexual Trauma

The Canadian Military Sexual Trauma Community of Practice Symposium Series

cop-en-croppedThe Canadian Military Sexual Trauma Community of Practice (PDF, 72 KB), McMaster University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and the Centre of Excellence on PTSD are hosting a three-part virtual symposium on Military Sexual Trauma.

This three part symposium, which began on June 3, 2021 and continues with live sessions on September 16 and 23, brings together researchers and policy leads from across universities, government departments and intermediary organizations, as well as individuals representing those with lived personal experience of MST. 

Whether you are a researcher, clinician, policy-maker, frontline worker or someone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct in the military, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and its aftermath affects thousands of Canadians.

Services and Supports for People Affected by MST

Thursday, 16 September 2021
1:00 – 3:30 Eastern Time

The second webinar on Services and Supports for People Affected by MST will explore available services, identifying what is helpful and what services are needed for people affected by MST, as well as their family members.

A Path Forward

Thursday, 23 September 2021
1:00 – 3:25 Eastern Time

The final event, A Path Forward, will explore a variety of issues including finding a common definition for MST, hearing perspectives from those affected by MST, what sorts of cultural changes are needed, as well as thoughts about what moving forward together might look like.

Past Event

The Evolving Discussion on Military Sexual Misconduct and Military Sexual Trauma: An Introduction

Thursday, 3 June 2021
1:00 – 3:30 Eastern Time

Whether you are a researcher, clinician, policy-maker, frontline worker or someone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct in the military, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and its aftermath affects thousands of Canadians.

Join the upcoming presentation, The Evolving Discussion on Military Sexual Misconduct and Military Sexual Trauma: An Introduction. This webinar is the first part of a Virtual Symposium Series that will feature practitioners, researchers, leaders and individuals with lived experience working to improve knowledge, understanding, supports and treatments for MST in Canada.

Do you have a general question about the Symposium? Please contact Sherry Sim, Event Manager, .

If you have a question you would like to have discussed during the webinar, please submit it on the registration page. Note that time for questions will be limited and not every question will be answered.

For additional context on the symposium, you can access the recording from the first of this series.

TRIGGER WARNING: This webinar includes content on topics such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, physical violence, and identity-based discrimination and harassment. This content may be difficult to listen to and may bring up a range of emotions. We encourage you to care for your safety and well-being.

If you need to reach out for support, please contact:

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC Assistance Service and Services for Families)
Call 1-800-268-7708 | TDD/TTY 1-800-567-5803 (available 24/7)

Canadian Armed Forces (Member Assistance Program)
Call 1-800-268-7708 | TDD/TTY 1-800-567-5803 (available 24/7)

Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC)
Call 1-844-750-1648 (available 24/7) | 

or dial 911 if it is an emergency.

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