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Way to go Calgary police department. I mean really what should we be expecting from the justice system?  Five years just seems to fly by while waiting for the people that raped you to go to jail.

Deputy Chief Murray Stooke said:

“Regrettably, we have a situation that demonstrates we don’t have enough checks and balances in place and we’ve had a catastrophic result,” he said. “Our police service does regret very much that we’ve had a file stayed on the basis of system delay.”

What perfectly ugly example to set for those women who right now are considering bringing charges up against their rapists?  Like it isn’t hard enough as is.

Alberta Justice spokeswoman Kim Misik said this result is “extremely rare” and they understand the woman and her family must be disappointed.

“We’re taking this seriously,” she said. “We want to make sure if there are any gaps in the process, we identify them to make sure this kind of result doesn’t happen again.”

Well that is nice.  It certainly looks like you are managing your public image and spin very well.

The issues women face, once again, are marginalized.  How can you justify a five (5!!) year delay in getting this in front of a judge?  What kinda of clerical errors are we talking about here?

As the article says the police are profusely sorry.  Good for them, it should much to appease their conscious because what was taken from the rape victim does not get fixed by a ‘sorry’ or an ‘oops we screwed up’.  A conviction does not ‘fix’ anything either; how could it?  Rape is a gross violation of a woman’s autonomy and personhood, leaving lasting scars and traumatic wounds that will follow her for the rest of her life.  A conviction is the very least of what should be done.

The police could not have set a worse example for women and their potential rapists.  Thanks for nothing CPD.

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