A new report says about half of the Canadian military have a history of child abuse or exposure to it.
The study shows military personnel in Canada have a history of abuse in their childhood, including corporal punishment or have witnessed domestic violence.
The research was conducted by the University of Manitoba and the Department of National Defence and found exposure to child abuse and trauma is higher among soldiers than the general population.
Health specialists started the study in hopes of potentially understanding the factors driving a series of suicides in the military in recent years.
The study reports exposure to child abuse was higher in the regular forces at 47.7% and higher still in reserve forces at 49.4 %.
Some argue facing early adversity makes them ideal soldiers, but is the military taking advantage of the vulnerable that need therapy rather than combat?
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