If the SPVQ policewoman who says she was sexually assaulted in 2016 at a Christmas party chose to denounce her attacker, it is to “set an example” and because “we cannot tolerate this kind of thing ”, especially not from a peace officer.
The alleged victim of Maxime Lehoux, 30, procrastinated for a long time before deciding to file a complaint against her colleague because she was inhabited by a feeling of “pain, anger and shame”.
In all, it took her twelve months to let the competent authorities know that on the evening of December 15, when she was heavily intoxicated by alcohol and asleep, she woke up “because someone penetrated me ”.
“When I woke up, I wasn’t feeling well. I was trying to understand what was happening to me and then I understood that it was Max who was in my room and that he was downright raping me ”, she told the members of the jury, attentive.
State of shock
“I was shivering and asked him to stop. He replied that he was going to warm me up. I didn’t understand anything … In real life, in a normal state, I would have pushed him away, but that evening, in the state I was in, I didn’t have the strength to do it … . ”, She added.
When the man withdrew, the policewoman remembers realizing that he was not wearing a condom and although she was “in shock”, she fell asleep again.
The next day, shaken, the young woman noticed that she had a bleeding toe without knowing why, then she returned home where she collapsed in tears. She then received a text from Lehoux which said: “Sorry for your toe”.
“I’m not sure how it happened. I’m missing bits and pieces. Did you have something to do with it? ”Asked the young woman. “I don’t know, but maybe”.
A little later he rewrote the young woman, writing: “Sorry about last night. I really escaped it. I lost the card and I’m missing a lot of bits ”.
In the following days, she confided in a colleague and the latter invited her to “think” about the consequences and suggested that she “talk to Max”, which she did.
“I asked him for an explanation and said he raped me. He told me that he was missing bits of it too and that he didn’t have too much of an explanation, ”she added.
In the coming days, around fifteen fellow police officers who attended the party will be called to testify for the Crown.