Source says he gave police names of 2 hockey players in alleged sexual assault video in 2003 | Radio-Canada News

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Halifax police now have the names of at least two members of the 2003 World Junior Hockey team who may have appeared in a video of an alleged group sexual assault nearly two decades ago, they have learned CBC News.

A person who was shown video of the alleged incident after it happened in 2003 said that in a recent police interview he reported the identities of two players he had recognized in the video.

“[The video] made my stomach hurt,” the source told CBC News. “I knew what I was watching was fake.

“I recognized two of the players and both had careers in the NHL.”

CBC News has agreed to keep the identity of the person who viewed the video confidential because it says it fears negative repercussions, both professionally and personally.

Police launched an investigation into the sexual assault allegations in July after TSN first learned of the alleged video during the height of the Hockey Canada scandal that rocked the sports world.

In recent months, major sponsors have cut ties with Hockey Canada, the federal government has frozen its funding and a parliamentary committee has launched public hearings into the organization’s handling of sexual assault complaints.

Police in Canada are investigating three separate alleged group sexual assaults involving junior hockey players between 2003 and 2018. All three cases involve allegations that groups of players degraded an intoxicated lone woman. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Police in London, Ont. and Quebec City reopened investigations in the past month in response to public outrage over the lack of charges.

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The source said he told Halifax police he recognized the 2003 World Juniors player holding the camcorder at the start of the video because he was holding the camera to his face.

The source said the recording showed the player “getting excited” over what he was about to show off in a hotel room. The hockey player, the source said, looked into the lens and said “it’s going to be a lamb roast” – a slang term for sexual activity involving a group of men and a woman.

The source said he also identified for Halifax police a second player he saw standing outside a room on the video.

The video showed the two men then entering a room where a woman, who appeared heavily inebriated, was lying face down on a bed surrounded by five or six other naked players, the source said.

As one of these players penetrated the woman, the others stood around the masturbating woman and appeared to be waiting their turn, the source said.

“Her head was just turned to the side and she wasn’t active,” the source said.

(TSN previously reported that the alleged incident happened on a pool table. However, the source told CBC News he recalled it happening on a bed in a bedroom.)

‘It was always eating away at me inside’

The source said the video was taken in 2003 when the World Juniors were playing in Halifax. The star-studded team won silver that year and many of its players went on to long NHL careers.

TSN first reported on the video in July and spoke to two other people who viewed it, including the owner of the camera. The owner loaned the camera to crew members and found the recording on it when it was returned, TSN said.

The camera owner showed it to at least two other people, TSN said.

The source CBC spoke to said he didn’t report the video nearly two decades ago because he was raised to “shut up, you don’t say anything.”

“All I knew for myself at the time was that it was wrong,” the source said. “I didn’t know this stuff had been reported to the police.”

The source said he was unsure what happened to the recording – which he said was around 90 seconds long – or if it still existed. The source said he was haunted by what he had seen since.

“Every time the World Juniors was on, my stomach would go hard and I would think about that girl,” he said.

“It always gnawed at me inside.”

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The source said he spoke up after hearing the news of the alleged group sexual assault in 2018. He said he hoped the police investigation would help the victim “find some level of healing “.

The source said he believes there may be other similar cases involving hockey players that have yet to be reported.

“There’s a sense of bravado that ‘boys will be boys’ and boys can get away with doing things,” he said.

“There’s not a lot of accountability for people in sport. They can get away with things where others can’t. They should be held accountable.”

A handful of players have released statements about the allegations

Since TSN first reported on the video in July, five of 22 members of the 2003 World Juniors Canadian team responded to the allegations.

Former NHL players and 2003 World Juniors Jordin Tootoo, Nathan Paetsch, Carlo Colaiacovo and PA Parenteau released statements saying they were not involved or had any knowledge of the alleged incident. Another former player, Scottie Upshall, has called for an investigation.

Lise Gotell, a leading expert on sexual assault consent law in Canada, said case law shows a tendency for perpetrators to videotape sexual assaults – sometimes as a “trophy”.

Individuals’ memories of a video can be used as evidence to help prosecute a case, she said. Since the Criminal Code was amended in 1983, however, corroborating evidence is not required to prosecute sexual assault allegations, she said.

“Convictions were entered based on the plaintiff’s testimony alone,” said Gotell, a gender studies professor at the University of Alberta who specializes in sexual assault law.

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While one provincial hockey federation backs Hockey Canada’s response to the sexual assault controversy, others have threatened to withhold charges over the scandal.

But Gotell said policing is a male-dominated field that has fairly high rates of “rape myth acceptance” and “not a very sophisticated understanding of the law of consent”, which can lead to the closure of cases. investigations without charge.

Gotell said the growing allegations against elite hockey players in Canada would suggest disturbing behavior if proven to be true.

“If the allegations in these cases were true and what we’re seeing in these cases is some form of male bonding ritual that is about the abuse of women…it’s extremely, extremely disturbing,” she said.

Police won’t say if a victim has come forward

Halifax police declined to say whether a victim has come forward while the case is still under investigation.

“We encourage anyone with information to contact the police,” Halifax police said. Brian Peroni.

Hockey Canada said it learned of an alleged gang sexual assault involving members of the 2002-03 national junior team on July 21 and alerted authorities.

“We immediately contacted Halifax Regional Police, notified Sport Canada of the information shared with us, and engaged a third-party investigator to investigate the alleged incident,” Hockey Canada spokesperson Jeremy Knight said in a statement. sent to CBC News.

The hockey organization said well-known defense firm Henein Hutchison, which it hired to investigate allegations of gang sexual assault by members of the 2018 World Juniors team in London, Ont. — is not the same firm she commissioned to investigate the 2003 allegations.

CBC News asked the NHL if it was investigating the 2003 allegations or if it had taken action. The league has yet to respond. The NHL has launched an investigation into the 2018 allegation that will be led by Jared Maples, the league’s senior vice president of security, who previously served as director of homeland security for the state of New Jersey.

Support is available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Canadian Association for the Elimination of Violence Database. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of those around you, please call 911.

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