It is with heavy hearts that the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre received the news of Krista Carle’s death, former RCMP Constable.
We extend our deepest condolences to Krista’s family, loved ones, and to her RCMP colleagues who, with her, shone a light on the RCMP’s culture of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Her courage to speak out about the violence she endured has made it possible for other survivors to come forward. We honour Krista Carle’s courageous legacy and mourn her loss.
The impacts of sexualized violence are profound. The RCMP response to survivors who have experienced sexual violence and harassment has the power to further harm or to help them find healing. When a survivor receives immediate, compassionate support, it has a significant impact on their healing. A positive first response shortens the time it takes to recover and heal.
The RCMP must take responsibility for the ways they failed Krista Carle and the other survivors who are within their ranks. We call on the RCMP, federal government and all places of employment to provide survivors with adequate support, hold perpetrators of violence and harassment accountable, and take effective action to end the culture that allows sexual assault and gender-based harassment to thrive.
The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre believes in the importance of amplifying survivor’s voices. Below are links to articles where survivors and friends of Krista Carle speak about the impacts of the harassment they experienced and the heartbreak of losing Carle to suicide:
Vancouver Sun: Women who spoke out against RCMP harassment dies by suicide
The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is here to offer support to survivors of workplace harassment and sexual assault, including the RCMP. Services available include crisis and trauma counseling, victim services, and 24-hour SART and clinic services.
For immediate emotional support please call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888