A Canadian aboriginal spokesperson says native women fear to report physical abuse because it is the police who are the perpetrators of violence against aboriginal women, Press TV reports.
“There is no way these women will feel comfortable going to their abuser and reporting to them that a different officer had perpetrated them,” said Autumn Eaglespeaker.
On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper rejected calls by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) for an inquiry into allegations of violence committed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) against aboriginal women and girls.
In the scathing report, which was released on Wednesday, the New York-based rights group accused Canada's federal police of intimidating and even sexually assaulting aboriginal women and girls in the province of British Columbia.
In the report, HRW documented numerous accounts of women and girls in the province’s indigenous communities finding themselves in a constant state of fear.
Eaglespeaker said it is “absolutely ridiculous” that Harper asks the abused to ask the abuser for help saying that a national inquiry should be conducted into the issue.
“A national inquiry needs to be established with a full inquiry including sexual assault and other mishaps that are conducted by the RCMP on these women,” she said.
Eaglespeaker added that the Canadian people can now see the real image of the Harper government and the “complete erosion of democracy” in the country.
“They’re starting to understand that this really is a huge Canadian issue and that does have to do with the erosion of democracy, it has to do with safeguarding our environment, protecting our lands and our water; and ensuring that there is proper land for our children’s children to live on in the future,” she said.