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Hundreds Come Forward With Harassment Claims Against Mounties

Hundreds Come Forward With Harassment Claims Against Mounties


It was shocking to many Canadians when Catherine Galliford spoke out about harassment that she faced while an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Now more than 200 women have sent messages to a BC law firm requesting to join their class-action suit against the Mounties.

The suit was originally filed by Janet Merlo, who says she faced harassment almost daily in her 19 years on the force. Her lawyers now say that their offices have been contacted by more than 200 who faced similar experiences.

Galliford has filed her own suit, but the federal and BC governments have spoken out against her, accusing her of substance abuse and claiming she’s misrepresenting the situation. If Galliford had such problems while on the force, it is curious that they allowed her to be one of the spokespeople during some of their highest profile cases.

Both Merlo and Galliford say they are afraid of retribution they might face for speaking out, but the fact that they started this tide of complaints may make it easier.

Jason Murray, Merlo’s lawyer, told the Globe and Mail that the calls they are receiving allege sexual discrimination all the way through to physical assault.

Bob Paulson, the RCMP Commissioner, has declared that there would be a thorough investigation of the allegations, but no independent review has been announced. Paulson has also said stated in the media that it bothers him that officers take “every beef” public. Perhaps this growing lawsuit will teach the commissioner that there is something happening inside his force that needs fixing.

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5:51AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

When it was an all-boys club, they didn't get the name 'Mounties' for nothing.....

5:31AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

I am glad this is coming to light. BTW this stuff is usually dealt with in-house EXCEPT when complaints fall on deaf ears.

2:49PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Solidarity is powerful. As to the remark about having more sense up here. sexism is everywhere when it comes to protecting nations. Had a friend in the US forces who experienced and saw a lot of sexism. In Europe and other countries it is the same. Saw a documentary where men will not date a woman who has worked her way up in their police force because of her rank. And she si still expected to go home and be the good daughter fr her parents after a hard day of crime fighting. It is for these reasons that women still do have to stick together and to remember how hard their foremothers fought so that they have the lives they do now.

9:24AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

Maybe it's time we just get close down the Federal Police, aka, the RCMP. There have been many attempts at reform but this does not seem to have worked. Just dismantle the Mounties and give the federal law enforcement money to the Provinces and Territories so they can have or add to their own provincial or Territorial police. I know we would loose an old icon, but sometimes these old institutions need to be put into the wastebin of history.

12:32AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

I am so disillusioned.

8:57PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Now we know why Nell gave Dudley the cold shoulder, preferring to thank his horse every time she was rescued from the railroad tracks.

7:05PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Did Dudley Do-Right do wrong?

6:08PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Canada has a record of braving and boasting about handeling sexual harrassment cases better than us. Looks like it's back to the drawing board for the Canucks!
As for the men, is it really that surprising to recieve that kind of treatment from them. They have begun to fall behind the greater moral standards that women strive to apply to their familes and loved ones in their daily life.

4:34PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

the mounties are only displaying a deeply routed sexism that flourishes in canada. canada makes a lot of noise about being respectful and inclusive, but it does little to live up to the claim.
hope these women - some of whom were sexually assaulted - get a settlement, and the RCMP are so embarrassed that they have to make changes. it's pitiful that only scandal can make that happen, but it seems to be the way things go. unless a group is exposed, they will keep doing what is wrong, until they are.
why is that?

3:11PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012


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