RCMP Sexual Harassment
November 14, 2011 by staff
RCMP Sexual Harassment, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Monday he is concerned about allegations of sexual harassment recently made by RCMP officers and plans to raise the issue with the force’s next commissioner.
CBC News has been reporting on Mounties who say they experienced years of sexual harassment on the job. In an internal RCMP complaint, Cpl. Catherine Galliford makes serious allegations about misconduct inside the RCMP. She shared the complaint with CBC News and spoke with reporter Natalie Clancy about her claims.
After Clancy’s report on Nov. 7, another female officer came forward and said she was also sexually harassed and that she was assaulted. Krista Carle said she knows of other women who have faced harassment and that when she tried to complain about the harassment she was experiencing, management tried to cover up the complaint.
Carle, who graduated from the RCMP’s training academy with Galliford in 1991, is now off the job and says she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Galliford is also off duty and on sick leave and says she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I am very concerned about these very troubling reports,” said Toews, the minister responsible for the RCMP. “We expect all members of the RCMP to carry out their duties with integrity and professionalism. Our government is committed to providing all women in the RCMP a workplace free of sexual harassment. I will be raising this issue with the new commissioner very shortly.”
Toews made the comments when asked by the NDP about the allegations in question period. Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae also raised the issue and Defence Minister Peter MacKay responded that he expects the new RCMP commissioner “to be seized with this issue immediately.”
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