Woman in Alleged Quebec Liberal Sex Assault Says Sklavounos Should Resign

By Banerjee, Sidhartha | The Canadian Press, October 21, 2016 | Go to article overview

Woman in Alleged Quebec Liberal Sex Assault Says Sklavounos Should Resign


Banerjee, Sidhartha, The Canadian Press


Alleged victim in Quebec politician sex assault speaks

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MONTREAL - The woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a Liberal member of the Quebec legislature says his career is not as important as what she had to endure.

Alice Paquet told Radio-Canada she was assaulted twice by Gerry Sklavounos, a longtime member of the national assembly who stepped down from the Liberal caucus Thursday to sit as an Independent after the allegations surfaced.

None of the allegations have been proven and Sklavounos, who has denied the accusations, is not facing any criminal charges.

"He sexually assaulted me," she said in the Radio-Canada interview. "It's his career, that's true, and it's a lot. But is his career worth more than what I lived through? That's the question I asked myself, and ... no (is the answer)."

Quebec City police confirmed a complaint was filed in March 2016 and Paquet said Thursday she wants authorities to investigate.

The Canadian Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent. In this case, Paquet has spoken publicly about her case and appeared on TV talking about it.

Paquet first went public with the allegation at a vigil Wednesday night in support of victims of alleged sex crimes at Universite Laval's student residence and on a widely distributed Facebook post that has since been deleted.

She spoke at length about two alleged sexual assaults that took place in 2014 when she was 19 and working as a hostess at a Quebec City restaurant.

Paquet told Radio-Canada she met Sklavounos, who is now 41, at an establishment frequented by politicians. She agreed to have a drink with him to discuss politics before going to his room upstairs.

She doesn't remember saying "No" to him, but at some point she no longer wanted to be with him. She told the interviewer she definitely didn't say "Yes" to sexual activity.

"Up to a point I consented, I wanted to," Paquet said. "But a kiss isn't a contract. An embrace isn't a contract. It's not because we embrace that it should lead to sex."

She wrote in the now-deleted Facebook post she ended up in hospital and that a rape kit was completed.

Paquet told Radio-Canada she went to see Sklavounos again at his room a few weeks later and alleges she was again sexually assaulted.

On Friday, she refused to say at a news conference why she decided to see him again.

The young woman said she hesitated before going public this week. …

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