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Behind the Line
"To serve and protect." It's the motto of numerous police forces, and the declaration of duty which underpins the decision made by so many Canadians to take on a career in law enforcement.
It's the same sentiment which motivated four young women to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Four women who would later find themselves sexually harassed and allegedly assaulted by the same superior officer -- and the targets of smear campaigns and other abuse -- all because they finally summoned the courage to come forward and report it.
Now, for the first time, the fifth estate presents their untold stories. In "Behind the Line," Gillian Findlay speaks directly with two of the women, and exposes the shocking allegations of how all four felt victimized twice -- first by their male superior, and then by the very police service they had sworn to uphold and defend.
"You wrestle with it for a while, but the bottom line is that you're a police officer and you're paid to do what's moral and right. And how do you go to work every day and interview women who have been sexually assaulted, and not have the strength to do it yourself?" is how one of the women describes the dilemma she grappled with for so long.
"Because I knew. I knew what the cost was going to be."
"Behind the Line" also features an exclusive interview with newly-appointed RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, who has vowed to deal with the issue of sexual harassment in the RCMP.
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