As allegations against Hockey Canada’s World Junior Championship teams continue to make headlines, one sexual assault survivor says it’s time to change the culture of the game forever.
Lawyer Greg Gilhooly is the survivor of infamous Winnipeg minor hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James. He told 680 CJOB The beginning That hockey fans often celebrate the success of sex offenders without knowing about their crimes.
“These things are just part of the culture, you know?
“If you’re a ‘good guy’ and stick around and you help the game, all sins are forgiven,” Gilhooly said. “And it has to stop.”
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In May, news broke about allegations of sexual abuse against eight unnamed athletes in 2018 – including members of that year’s World Junior team.
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The sport’s national governing body has come under even greater scrutiny since similar allegations against unnamed members of the 2003 junior team.
Some veterans of the 2003 silver medal-winning team, including Churchill, Maine-born Jordin Tutu, have said they were shocked to hear that some of their teammates had been sexually assaulted. Alleged involvement.
“I do not recall knowing or hearing about the incident in question during or after the tournament,” Tuto said said in a statement Posted on social media on Saturday.
“I was shocked when I heard about this in the media and will fully cooperate with any investigation.”
A timeline of how Hockey Canada handled a sexual assault allegation in 2018
The scandal has reached the highest levels of Canadian society, with MPs and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighing in on the situation. Hockey Canada has withheld its funding since 2018 due to the allegations.
Gilhooly said that unfortunately, he is not surprised when such allegations come to light.
“I’m always surprised when I hear certain facts and hear certain teams,” he said. “In hindsight, I’m not surprised at all, because there’s a real hockey culture problem in hockey.”
Gilhooly said the game doesn’t need to wait for the results of a lengthy investigation to change the culture — he says the game starts when people who commit this type of behavior stop celebrating. goes
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