Indigenous teenager questioned by Mountie: "He ruined my confidence in the police"

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CTVNews.ca staff, with a report by Jill Macyshon, CTV Chief Bureau of Manitoba

Published Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:06 CET

A young indigenous woman who was questioned by an officer of the Rcmp in a video that was widely reported by parliamentarians spoke for the first time, saying that she is still facing the accident.

The woman, who is now 24, spoke with the Aboriginal peoples' television network on an exclusive interview. Identified simply as "J", she said she still lives with post-traumatic stress disorder arising from various life events, including the time she went to Kelowna RCMP at 17 to report being a victim of sexual abuse.

"I was absolutely punished for reporting. It completely ruined my confidence in the police," he said.

The video of the accident, reported for the first time by APTN News, shows a policeman asking a girl of 17 years questions like "Have you ever been involved during this, even a little?" and "Physically you were not in any way reactive to his advances? Even perhaps in the subconscious?"

The teenager has repeatedly rejected: "I'm honest. I didn't consent, but I didn't say no."

"So you just followed?" He asked for the official.

"I was scared. I didn't know what else to do," she replied.

Regardless, J said the official did not believe her. She said she was accused of making a false accusation and forced to write apology letters to her social worker, her adoptive parents and the RCMP policeman.

It is unclear whether the accused, an old acquaintance, was ever interviewed by the police. No charges have been made.

Recalling the questioning, J said his feelings are still raw.

"And I thought it was to get justice … It's so hard to look at because the questions are simply disgusting."

The accident was denounced circularly on Parliament Hill. The minister of crowned indigenous relations Carolyn Bennett described the behavior of the official as "disgusting" and conservative leader Andrew Scheer said he was "shocked and horrified" by the video.

J said he felt a sense of validation from the answer.

"Today, knowing that people actually believed me, what happened, and that the seventeen year old wanted me so badly, and now that I have this validation, and it means a lot," he said.

In a statement, Grand Chief Steward Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. The Indian leaders have requested that the federal government and the RCMP take "an immediate action" to deal with the accident and, on a larger scale, "the shameful legacy of violence against women and indigenous girls ".

The RCMP did not identify the officer involved and the officials say they cannot comment on the incident due to ongoing legal proceedings.

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