For the second time in two years, the RCMP in the Northwest Territories is being criticized for how it handled two victims of sexual assault.
In a recent case, a 13-year-old girl was taken to jail after she had been sexually assaulted.
Wade Kapakatoak pleaded guilty to the assault and convicted.
The assault was captured on a surveillance camera in the back alley at a Yellowknife movie theatre.
When police arrived, they were told by a theatre employee that she had been sexually assaulted.
Officers said she was arrested for public intoxication and spent the night in jail rather than being taken to the hospital.
In a written ruling, the judge in the case criticized the RCMP for how they treated the victim.
“I am unable to imagine the circumstances which would justify this type of treatment of a victim of sexual assault,” wrote Justice Garth Malakoe. “It appears the victim was not treated with dignity and compassion that she or any victim of sexual assault deserves.”
The RCMP declined an interview request from APTN News.
Instead, a statement was provided.
“Our review is looking at how we applied our policy and training, and the totality of the circumstance,” wrote RCMP media relations official Marie York Condon. “We will be looking at our interactions with the victim during and after, and any support services offered.”
The victim did not attend the trial.
Kapakatoak will be sentenced October 10.
This situation mirrors an incident in 2014 when the RCMP took a 13-year-old girl in Hay River, NWT to jail after she told officers she had been sexually assaulted.
The information came out in the 2016 trial of Cody Durocher.
According to police, she had violated her probation.