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Allegations of Police Abuse of Native Women Have Rocked Canada -


Allegations of Police Abuse of Native Women Have Rocked Canada - But after 50 interviews conducted in 10 northern British Columbia communities—including one woman who claimed that four police officers gang-raped her and then threatened to kill her if she told anyone—Human Rights Watch says many of these women live in a “constant state of insecurity”—terrified for their safety, and in some cases their lives, if they speak out publicly.

“I was also deeply troubled by the allegations we heard, and by the level of fear that we witnessed,” Meghan Rhoad, Human Rights Watch’s lead researcher on the report, says. “Women who were abused by officers were unlikely to come to the police to report such acts. The women have very real fears of retaliation, and we still feel really strongly that it’s incumbent on the government to provide a safe, civilian-led body to investigate these complaints in a way that’s effective, and also protects the safety of the women.”

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