Making a complaint to the police - one way to move forward

This is a translation of the original French text.

For over five years, we have been working as investigators for the Sûreté du Québec. We have received training in our numerous functions, one of which is specifically how to intervene in situations of sexual abuse.

Often when we meet victims, they are fearful and afraid of not being believed. Phrases like: "It's my word against his!", "It happened such a long time ago, I don't remember it all exactly..." or "I don't have any proof!" are regularly heard.

No matter the circumstances of the events and no matter the evidence, tell yourself that, from the moment you decide to file a complaint and explain your story to a police officer, a police inquiry will follow. Your story will be taken seriously from the beginning!

Many investigative techniques exist at the Sûreté du Québec. The policeman-investigator in charge of your file will apply those techniques that are appropriate to your case.

Even if no investigation is possible (this can happen), the aggressor will, at the very least, be advised, and we will try to meet with him in order to know the reasons that led him to behave the way he did towards you.

Please take note that it has happened, in some cases, that the suspect admits his behaviour, even though we didn't have any evidence against him other than the testimony given by the victim. He was then found guilty by the Court and received a sentence. Surprising, isn't it? Yes, that can happen: we must try the process...

No matter the result of the investigation or the final result before the Court, tell yourself that the judicial proceeding is a means for you to denounce your aggressor, whether he's found guilty or not...

The decision to file a complaint is in your hands: the decision is up to you. Never forget that you are surrounded by various counsellors to help you and support you through that process. You are not alone...

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