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There's a new controversy involving a B.C. RCMP officer and an Indigenous person.
The federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, Carolyn Bennett, is among several MPs who've condemned how an unnamed Kelowna Mountie interrogated a teenager who had complained about a sexual assault.
The video first appeared on APTN News in connection with a lawsuit filed against the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.
In the video, the Mountie asked the girl if she was "turned on" or if she was "physically responsive" to her alleged assailant's advances.
The police interview occurred in 2012. One year later, Human Rights Watch released an 89-page report detailing alleged RCMP mistreatment of Indigenous women and girls in northern B.C.
On CBC Radio's Early Edition program this morning, Bennett declared that the Kelowna Mountie's questions amounted to revictimizing the girl.
In Parliament yesterday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who's the minister responsible for the RCMP, called the video "abhorrent".
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP MP Nathan Cullen have also expressed their dismay.
APTN has reported that the teen's complaint did not lead to any charges.
This is not unusual.
Statistics Canada has found that only 12 percent of sexual assaults reported to police across the country led to convictions over a five-year period from 2009 to 2014.
Only seven percent led to a custody sentence. Reports of physical assaults had a conviction rate of 23 percent.
In 2016, Global News obtained data through a freedom-of-information request showing that only 2.9 percent of alleged sexual assaults reported to Vancouver police over a 10-year period resulted in any criminal convictions.
That led two Vancouver women to create a website called 2point9percent.com to draw attention this issue.