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Indigenous teen questioned by Mountie speaks out: ‘It ruined my belief in police’

InternetNews.ca Workers , with a report from Internet’s Manitoba Bureau Chief Jill Macyshon
Printed Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:06PM EDT

A younger Indigenous lady who was questioned by an RCMP officer in a video that has been extensively denounced by Parliamentarians has spoken out for the primary time, saying she’s nonetheless dealing with the incident.

The lady, now 24, spoke to the Aboriginal Peoples Tv Community in an unique interview. Recognized merely as “J,” she mentioned she nonetheless lives with post-traumatic stress dysfunction stemming from a number of life occasions, together with the time she went to Kelowna RCMP as a 17-year-old to report being sexually abused.

“I absolutely was punished for reporting. It ruined my trust in police completely,” she mentioned.

Video of the incident, first reported by InternetTN Information, exhibits a police officer ask the 17-year-old woman questions equivalent to “Were you turned on during this at all, even a little bit?” and “Physically you weren’t at all responsive to his advances? Even maybe subconsciously?”

{The teenager} repeatedly pushed again: “I am being honest. I didn’t consent, but I didn’t say no.”

“So you just went along with it?” the officer requested.

“I was scared. I didn’t know what else to do,” she replied.

Regardless, J mentioned the officer didn’t imagine her. She mentioned she was accused of creating a false allegation and compelled to jot down letters of apology to her social employee, her foster mother and father and the RCMP constable.

It’s unclear if the accused, an older acquaintance, was ever interviewed by police. No prices had been laid.

Recalling the interrogation, J mentioned her emotions are nonetheless uncooked.

“And I thought it was to get justice…It’s so hard to watch because the questions are just disgusting.”

The incident had been roundly denounced on Parliament Hill. Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett referred to as the officer’s habits “disgusting,” and Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer mentioned he was “shocked and horrified” by the video.

J mentioned she feels a way of validation by the response.

“Today, knowing that people actually believed me, what happened, and that 17-year-old me craved that so bad, and now that I have that validation, and it means a lot,” she mentioned.

In an announcement, Grand Chief Steward Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, demanded that the federal authorities and RCMP take “immediate action” to handle the incident and, on a bigger scale, “the shameful legacy of violence towards Indigenous women and girls.”

RCMP haven’t recognized the officer concerned, and officers say they can’t touch upon the incident as a consequence of ongoing authorized proceedings.

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