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How to tackle sexual harassment and abuse in the New Zealand Defence Force

It’s been two years since the New Zealand Defence Force set up Operation Respect to stamp out sexual harassment and abuse in its ranks.

It came after reports exposed a culture of “persistent sexism” in the NZDF.

  • Cassandra Mudgway
  • The Conversation

But a recent independent review of the program, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, revealed a “code of silence” continues, with an overall lack of trust that complaints will…

Despite some positive changes, such as the Sexual Assault Response Team, the review found these initiatives lacked resources and suffered from high staff turnover.

From July 2016 to…

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