CROWN’S FAILURE TO PURSUE CHARGES AGAINST VAL-D'OR OFFICERS WILL HAVE CHILLING EFFECT
TORONTO, ON (November 21): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum joins Indigenous leaders who fear that the Crown’s failure to pursue charges against six Quebec provincial police officers over allegations of physical and sexual abuse against Indigenous women in Val-d'Or, Quebec, will have a chilling effect on others seeking justice:
“I am extremely disappointed that the Crown has failed to pursue charges following such serious and disturbing allegations of physical and sexual abuse. These women are among the most vulnerable members of society and it must have taken tremendous courage for them to break their silence. It is shameful that they have been left feeling betrayed, humiliated and in fear of reprisal. This will have a chilling effect that will prevent others from coming forward and shows how ill-equipped the criminal justice system is to address the needs of sexual assault victims, especially when the victims are Indigenous women.”
Deputy Grand Chief Achneepineskum outlined these concerns in a letter to the Attorney General of Quebec. She urged the government to reconsider its position and launch a public and independent inquiry to conduct a full investigation.
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