From the archives: Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson to Stéphanie Raymond: 'I’ve come to the conclusion you were wronged'
Three years after accusing a superior of sexually assaulting her, former corporal Stéphanie Raymond has scored a resounding victory in her case against the Canadian military.
In a letter dated Dec. 18, 2014, and obtained by L’actualité, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson rules in Raymond’s favour, finding she was treated unjustly by the military after filing a complaint against a higher-up, and awarding her compensation. The letter is highly critical of Raymond’s former superiors, concluding they failed in their professional duties, and includes an unequivocal apology to Raymond: “I would like to think […] you will once again be able to respect our institution now that we’ve finally been respectful with you. I am sincerely sorry for the way you were treated.”
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By Noémi Mercier and Alec Castonguay
December 22, 2014