A video allegedly showed an RCMP officer sexually harassing an Indigenous teen. Then it went missing. Inside allegations of misconduct and cover-up in Canada’s national police force.
A woman had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with an RCMP officer. She had turned to her family to get help, and one of her sisters had reached out to the RCMP. The sister had spoken to a senior officer at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but her efforts had come to nothing. That’s because an RCMP officer allegedly harassed and sexually assaulted a member of her family, and then hid the evidence from the woman’s family. This is the tale of a family in crisis.
The woman’s sister has reached out to the RCMP after the alleged abuse came to light.
One of the women who was the subject of an RCMP investigation is speaking out.
“We have been hiding this for a long time, and the whole process has been a sham,” said the woman, who asked to be referred to by her first name, Tanya.
“Why didn’t anyone tell us? Especially since they knew that it was against the law and an RCMP policy that they weren’t supposed to tell family members about criminal histories, including sexual and domestic abuse,” she told PressProgress.
“The police never mentioned any of our issues to the RCMP. We had to call in to the RCMP for help about four times. The whole time the RCMP was treating us like we were being stalked, and harassing us.
“They didn’t even tell us a single fact about the case, and that’s very strange. To have information that you know could help you, and have the RCMP not even tell you? That is frustrating.”
Tanya said she asked her sister to keep a secret for her sake.
“I wanted my sister to be safe. I really did. We’re the same size. We’re in the same class,” she said.
“But I just didn’t want to tell my sister until I knew that