This is what rape culture looks like
July 18, 2012 10:04 AM Subscribe
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Cpl. Catherine Galliford of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police first spoke out
against sustained and widespread sexual harrassment by her superior officers in November of last year and launched a lawsuit in May 2012.
Yesterday, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia issued a categorical denial of Galliford's charges.
Galliford's claims were as shocking as they were comprehensive, alleging that during the investigation into Vancouver's missing and murdered women
which eventually convicted Robert Pickton
, investigators watched porn instead of working
and one male colleague told Galliford he fantasized about seeing Pickton truss her up like a pig.
Galliford, who served as RCMP spokesperson for the high-profile Air India bombing and Pickton trials, now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has been on medical leave from the force since 2007.
Galliford's allegations incited several other female RCMP officers to come forward and give their own experiences of sexual harrassment. At least four more lawsuits have been lodged aginst the RCMP,
supporting Galliford's claims that the RCMP suffers from a "pervasive" culture of sexual harassment.
However, the mounting evidence against Canada's national police force didn't stop the governments of British Columbia and Canada from dismissing Galliford's allegations point-by-point. The governments highlighted Galliford's alleged alcoholism and disputed the diagnosis that she had contracted PTSD. They argued that if any sexual contact occured (which they deny), it was consensual. The governments claim that any accusations of sexual harrassment were investigated immediately and deny that any culture of harrassment exists in the force.