May 16, 2019 5:53 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 11:25 am

Indigenous teen’s ‘heinous’ treatment while disclosing abuse indicative of pattern, advocate says

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B.C.’s former child representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says the “heinous” treatment of an Indigenous teenager during a 2012 RCMP interrogation reflects a pattern she has seen over and over.

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On Wednesday, politicians expressed outrage after APTN published a 2012 video of a male officer asking pointed questions of a young woman disclosing a sexual assault she experienced at the hands of an acquaintance.

The teen was in the B.C. foster care system at the time of the alleged assault.

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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told the House of Commons the contents of the video were “absolutely abhorrent” after he was asked about it by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

In 2016, Turpel-Lafond produced a report showing at least 109 girls were the victims of sexualized violence while in government foster care and that 74 of them were Aboriginal.

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The 2012 case was among them.

She says young women who face sexualized violence and then get inappropriate treatment by police are less likely to get support and more likely to be preyed upon.

— With files from Global News

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