BROKEN DREAMS. BROKEN LIVES. The Devastating Effects of Sexual Harassment On Women in the RCMP

  • November 24, 2020

Final Report on the Implementation of the MERLO DAVIDSON SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

The Honourable Michel Bastarache, C.C. Q.C. Independent Assessor

“For more than 30 years there have been calls to fix sexual harassment in the RCMP. Internal and external reports have been delivered both to the RCMP and the Government of Canada outlining a toxic work environment for women and LGBTQ2S+ persons employed by the RCMP. It is well past time for the Government of Canada to take meaningful and radical action to address these issues. Sexual harassment and sexual assault not only harm the victims and their families, but also undermine the reputation of the RCMP as a policing organization.

One of the key findings of this Report is that the culture of the RCMP is toxic and tolerates misogynistic and homophobic attitudes amongst its leaders and members. This culture has resulted in incalculable damage to female members of the RCMP as well as those working for the public service. A change in the culture of the RCMP is essential. This Report concludes that change cannot come from within the RCMP but must be initiated from external sources. As the Hon. Marie Deschamps wrote in 2015 in the context of the Canadian Forces: “It is not enough to simply revise policies or to repeat the mantra of “zero tolerance”. Leaders must acknowledge that sexual misconduct is a real and serious problem for the organization, one that requires their own direct and sustained attention.”

No amount of financial compensation can undo the harm the Assessors witnessed. If real action is not taken, the RCMP will find itself in the same place again in a few years.”

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