In the wake of a historic apology from the RCMP to female officers for discrimination and sexual abuse claims, one retired Mountie says it’s not just women who suffer from harassment on the job.
Appearing on CKNW’S Steele and Drex show, the ex officer, known as William, said harassment and discrimination is endemic across the board.
But William says male members struggle to speak out about it.
“I’ve seen it and I know other female members that are going through the same thing. They have yet to come forward and I encourage them to do that and their stories are horrific but but it doesn’t end there. I know many male members who haven’t come forward because of the stigma attached to it.”
William says the abuse may be linked to structural issues within the force itself.
“I applaud my sister members on their victory and it’s sad that they’ve been through this. It’s systemic of the RCMP, bullying and harassment has gone on for years but they work on this archaic system of the rank structure.”
As well as an apology, the federal government delivered a settlement of up to $100-million over the harassment, discrimination and sexual abuse claims dating back to 1974.