If hockey Canada really respected the victims

What if hockey players brought a guy into their hotel room to take turns hitting him? Were we going to keep it like this?

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At the end of the line, it’s attorney Sophie Gagnon, General Manager of Juripop, who asks me the question. I honestly don’t think so. She does not.

Maybe this is rape culture. This tendency to minimize or even ignore sexual assaults, even the most egregious. And this startling revelation, Monday, from the president of Hockey Club Canada: Every year the organization conducts two or three investigations into the sexual assaults committed in its ranks. As if it were normal. Normal. What is the usual routine?

Weeks passed, and hickey Canada was mired in a devastating scandal. The more the leaders of the powerful sports federation tried to dismantle themselves, the more they drowned.

They got into it on May 26, when TSN reported the sordid details of a civil lawsuit against their organization. Slowly they stumbled. They got down to their necks in the mud on Wednesday when Ottawa froze their money.

The government has been criticized for taking so long to respond. But we couldn’t gauge the extent of Hockey Canada’s efforts to keep the lid tight until this week. Before its leaders’ disastrous appearance before a panel of elected officials in Ottawa, no one quite knew how to approach the issue.

Let’s agree: the alleged crime is very serious. gang rape. Eight players take turns assaulting a woman. They kept her in a hotel room in London. She tries to escape, but they forcibly hold her back. She cries, they laugh. It is unbearable violence and barbarism.

Star players or not, these guys should be held accountable for their crime.

But the victim now refuses to file a complaint. Neither the police nor the investigators assigned by Hockey Canada to shed light on these allegations. Sophie Gagnon recalls: “We cannot force anyone to file a complaint. In the case of sexual violence, there is no point in going to the police if the victim refuses to cooperate, because the evidence relies almost entirely on his testimony.”

In other words, you can’t blame Hockey Canada, or even the police, if players manage to escape a criminal trial. “Only the victim can do this.”

But the sports federation can still do more. She should have done more. I preferred to buy the silence of the victim. and protect his executioners.

Twenty-six months. Hockey Canada’s internal investigation lasted 26 months. And how many players involved in the gang rape were identified during these two years of investigation? zero. Not one.

Tell me about effective detectives. I think they did it on purpose…

Incredibly, players were not required to cooperate with the investigation. So, of course, their agents strongly advised them not to do so; Their career was at stake. And here is Canada hockey pretending to be helpless: if no one wants to cooperate, what do you want, then nothing can be done …

its very easy. “It wouldn’t take a lot of legal creativity to find a way to force players to participate in an investigation,” Sophie Gagnon said.

Even without this legal leverage, the attorney adds, the allegations were so serious that Hockey Canada could have used them to terminate players’ contracts, should they refuse to cooperate.

In short, Canada Hockey could act, but it didn’t. by gross negligence. Or, more likely, to protect his players. And his donkey, by the way.

The athletic federation opted to settle out of court, which had the advantage of eliminating gang rape under the rug. Come on, forget everything! The children They will continue their career in the major tournaments, as if nothing had happened. It would be a shame to sacrifice all this talent…

Hockey Canada was quick to pay on behalf of the eight players involved – we must remember the players the organization claims it has not been able to identify. Bad big blank check.

As a precaution, the agreement however prohibits the parties from revealing the names of the eight Johns. Again, this allows Hockey Canada to take refuge in silence: We’d like to tell you more, but we can’t, it’s confidential. Don’t get us wrong, this is out of respect for the victim…

This is also very easy

If Hockey Canada truly respects victims, it will deal with the toxic trinity of cultures – silence, impunity and rape – whose ranks are rotting. Most importantly, he would never feel like giving players permission to rape with impunity.

There, Hockey Canada will truly respect the victims. Who knows, maybe it will give them the courage to complain.



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