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It will take ‘rewiring all of us’ to change myths about sexual assault victims: reporter – CBC

Robyn Doolittle weighs in on video of police asking teen if she was ‘turned on’ by alleged sexual assault

May 17, 2019

A video of an RCMP officer interrogating an Indigenous teen about an alleged sexual assault demonstrates that he doesn’t understand the laws around consent, says an investigative reporter who has covered the topic extensively.

In the footage from 2012, the police officer asks the 17-year-old whether she was “turned on” by the sexual advances, adding he is concerned because she “didn’t put up much of a fight.”

“In Canada a complainant doesn’t need to say ‘no.’ She doesn’t need to fight back. Those are old, outdated stereotypes of how women or sexual assault victims are supposed to act,” the Globe and Mail’s Robyn Doolittle told The Current’s guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.

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