$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in military

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The federal government says it hopes a $900 million settlement reached with survivors of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and sexual assault in the military will help bring closure and healing.

The government is not admitting liability, but acknowledges it has the, ``obligation to ensure a safe work environment for all women and men'' in the military.

The settlement involving multiple lawsuits provides 800-million-dollars for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 100-million for another class of employees of the Department of National Defence.

One claim, filed by three former members of the military, said the Armed Forces was poisoned by a discriminatory and sexualized culture that encouraged sexual misconduct and was caused by a failure in leadership.

Amy Graham, who was assaulted by a superior while returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, says the settlement is not just about monetary compensation.

She is most excited for policy changes included in the agreement, including a restorative engagement program where victims can share their experiences with military leadership.

She says reducing the number of victims was the main motivation behind the suit in the first place.