Holly Moore, Laurie Hamelin
APTN National News
A group of women’s rights advocates rallied outside the Kelowna RCMP detachment Tuesday to protest the police force’s handling of a sexual assault complaint in 2012.
The protest comes a week after APTN News released exclusive video footage of an RCMP officer interrogating the alleged victim.
“We need the RCMP to start respecting our women. Our women, in Indigenous Nations and Indigenous communities, Indigenous culture, are sacred. They’re life givers,” said MMIWG advocate Jody Leon.
“And for the RCMP to treat an Indigenous girl who’s going to tell her story with disrespect perpetuates the ability for others in society to look at Inigenous women as if we’re lower beings.”