‘Discouraging and humiliating’: Victim of sexual assault wants to improve criminal justice system

Published on CBC North

An N.W.T. woman who was a victim of sexual assault says she felt “lost” in the criminal justice system, and wrote eight recommendations last month to try and improve the treatment of victims in what she calls a “very inadequate” system.

The Status of Women Council of the NWT approached the woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, this year. It’s meeting with the Federal Ombudsman for Victims and Crime — an independent office that provides resources to victims, and wanted to hear from her.

Mary, not her real name, was a victim of sexual assault and domestic violence and says “the entire process was extremely isolating.”

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