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'Violated' by RCMP doctor

She was young and dreamed of wearing the RCMP's signature red uniform, like the Mounties who patrolled her rural Nova Scotia community.

But for the woman, now in her 50s and declining to use her name, she says that dream turned sour from the start when she went to a medical office in Halifax in the late '80s for a required physical exam as part of her application process.

She says the doctor — an RCMP employee — had her undress and put on only a gown that was open at the back, and asked her to bend over and touch her toes while he stood behind her. Alone in the room with him, she says he told her to lay down on the examination table and he inserted his fingers into her vagina. She alleges he then put his fingers into her rectum after asking her to lay on her side.

"I didn't know any better then and I thought this was what the RCMP wanted him to do, but he violated me," she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "I wasn't going to complain because it was the last thing I had to do before getting into the force, and I didn't want to rock the boat."

The woman, who was accepted into the force but is now retired, is one of more than 60 men and women to file complaints with Halifax Regional Police over allegations the doctor sexually assaulted them at the RCMP health services office.

Halifax police Const. Carol McIsaac said the number of complaints is "very fluid" and continues to climb, with investigators still in the information-gathering phase.

Toronto police are also probing sexual assault allegations against a second retired RCMP doctor who used to practise in the RCMP's' Ontario division. As of earlier this week, they had logged more than 20 complaints against him.



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