There’s a terrific story in today’s Montreal Gazette about McGill social work student Sarelle Sheldon and her decision to find closure and help other sexual assault survivors by doing an interview with TVMcGill . She says Rehtaeh Parsons inspired her to speak out.
As you can tell from Sarelle’s interview, rape victims are not always treated kindly when they report the crime to police. It seems Montreal police lack proper funding and resources to investigate sexual assault cases (police said it would take years to get results from her rape kit) and the whole investigation process re-traumatizes the victim.
It takes a lot of guts to relive a painful and violating experience. Very few women report their rapes to the police. Many rape survivors keep silent. Brava Sarelle, for going public and telling your story.