CRCC Launches Investigation into RCMP Handling of Sexual Assault Report and Death of Nova Scotia Woman

Ottawa - 2022-07-19

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Michelaine Lahaie, Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for RCMP (CRCC), has initiated a complaint and public interest investigation into the RCMP 's handling of the sexual assault and subsequent death of Ms. Susan Butlin of Bayhead, Nova Scotia.

The CRCC 's investigation will:

  • examine the circumstances leading up to Ms. Butlin's death;
  • examine the adequacy of supervision, policies, procedures, and training pertaining to sexual assault investigations;
  • review if any myths or stereotypes about sexual assault influenced the response of RCMP members; and
  • make findings and recommendations to address any deficiencies in the RCMP members ' conduct in applying the law.

The terms of reference are available on the CRCC's website.

About the CRCC

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) is an agency of the federal government, distinct and independent from the RCMP. Our mission is to deliver a robust complaint process that holds the RCMP accountable for its activities and the conduct of its members. The CRCC's mandate is to receive complaints from the public about the conduct of RCMP members; conduct reviews when complainants are not satisfied with the RCMP's handling of their complaints; initiate complaints and investigations into RCMP conduct when it is in the public interest to do so; review specified activities; report findings and make recommendations; and promote public awareness of the complaint process.


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