QC woman accuses lawyer of sexual assaulting her when she was 14

A Quebec City area woman alleges a well-known lawyer sexually abused her when she was 14

A Quebec City area woman is appealing to the province's justice minister to help bring her alleged sexual assaulter before the courts - a lawyer she says sexually abused her when she was 14.

The woman's lawyer, Marc Bellemare said her client filed the complaint with police in 2009, when witnesses corroborated her version of events. She was 14 at the time.

"She's 29 today and she's still affected by these assaults," Bellemare told CJAD 800 News.

Bellemare said his client was shocked after getting the news recently that the crown would not be going ahead with the case.

"That's what the crown prosecutor told her. She said that she was sincere, there's no problem with her credibility but there would not be accusations," Bellemare said.

Bellemare claimed the man in question failed a lie detector test. They want the justice minister to intervene.

"It's a question of respect for her and it's a question of public interest for all the population of Quebec," Bellemare said.

Bellemare said the lawyer in question is well known and a Liberal Party fundraiser.

"The victim asks herself maybe it's the reason why they don't accuse, I hope it's not so," Bellemare said.

The justice minister is out of the country and his press attaché said in an email to CJAD 800 News he'd try to respond in a week's time.

Bellemare said if their efforts to sway the justice minister fail, they'll turn to the civil courts.

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  1. Barcham posted on 01/06/2014 04:20 PM
    I do feel for this woman for what she must have gone through and continues to go through. But...to play devil's advocate for a minute...She waited 10-11 years to report this assault? There were witnesses who also did not report this assault when it happened? My question is WHY NOT??? Why wait 11 years to report this sexual assault? Why wait until the statute of limitations on such crimes has expired to report it and then cry to the press that the authorities refuse to prosecute?

    By not reporting it earlier, how many other young women were put at risk? She and her lawyer are shocked that there will be no charges filed and tries to play a political card. I would have been shocked had charges been filed and maybe this will act as a wake up call for anyone else who may consider not filing charges when the assault is first committed..
  2. al posted on 01/06/2014 04:36 PM
    Change Lawyers...
  3. paul posted on 01/06/2014 05:03 PM
    There have been allegations in the past that the SQ police force shuts down investigations that lead to the Quebec Liberal party.
    This could be another example of the same thing.
    -The UPAQ delayed the release of the details surrounding their raid on QLP headquarters.
    -Where was the "Directeur général des élections" when the QLP wasted $500 million of our tax dollars in an effort to win a by election in La Pocatiere?

    On and on it goes.
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