Portrait of Christine for the Globe & Mail’s Unfounded series, exploring how the Canadian justice system handles sexual assault complaints.
Per @robyndoolittle’s story,
In 2015, Christine reported to the Vancouver police that she had been raped and choked by an acquaintance in his apartment after drinking together at a bar. She believed she had been drugged as well.
Two officers brought her to headquarters to make a videotaped statement then told her they would pass her complaint to the specialized sex assault unit.
After no word for two months, Christine phoned for an update.
The constable told her they had closed the file because it was a “he-said, she-said case”. The specialized unit was never given the complaint.
A copy of the file showed that the officers had not canvassed the apartment building to see whether neighbours had seen or heard anything and that they had never collected video surveillance from the area that could have corroborated aspects of her story.
Christine filed a misconduct complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner in BC. One month later the investigator told her her complaint was inadmissible.
“...police are afforded significant deference in their exercise of discretion in their investigation and determining whether to arrest a suspect and forward charge recommendations to the Crown,” read the letter.