The woman who brought forth the allegations about Hockey Canada & its 2018 WJC team, known only as 'E.M.,' has officially broken her silence.
After news broke two months back of the settlement reached, there has been an outflow of information & news on the matter, leaving her 'vulnerable & exposed.'
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, E.M. shared her perspective & her concerns in her first 'appearance' since the scandal broke. 'This is something I never wanted to draw attention to. I simply wanted consequences for actions and some accountability,' she proclaimed.
E.M. filed her statement of claim on April 20, 2022 & had it settled about a month later on May 24, 2022. It took only two short days for the story to make national headlines, a fate the victim sought to avoid. Probably because once the media gets involved, things tend to get messy, miscommunicated & misconstrued. Which is exactly what has happened here.
"It has been difficult to see the facts told in pieces and not as a whole," she told The Globe."
The position this young woman finds herself in must be unbearable. Despite wanting anonymity & closure, she instead has to give interviews in an ongoing investigation. Unenviable, to say the least. Sure, the settlement stipend might make things a little easier, it is hardly equal value to the piece of one's soul taken out after a nightmarish experience like she has had.
When TSN's Rick Westhead first dropped this story, Hockey Canada's statement admitted they learned of the incident four years prior & hired law firm Henein Hutchinson.
"The person bringing the allegations forward chose not to speak with either police or with Hockey Canada's independent investigator and also chose not to identify the players involved. This was her right and we fully respect her wishes.»
E.M. says to the contrary, claiming she has cooperated fully since Day 1. Hockey Canada has since amended its statement. The fact that there is contention over the minutiae of this case must be stressful for the victim.
Perhaps it has been largely overlooked, the pressure & strain the weight of this scandal has placed on E.M. In times like these, we tend to focus on the macro more than the micro. No issue with that, this is a society-level problem. But in the case of the victim, we should always consider their position when debating these issues & approach it with a sense of empathy, for all former & future victims.