By publicly recounting having been drugged without her knowledge on the sidelines of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, athlete Mary-Sophie Harvey is certainly helping other victims who tend to experience this trauma in silence.
Thanks to the testimony of the medalist, injured in multiple places during an episode of four to six hours of which she has no memory, other victims will be able to realize that the gesture should not be trivialized.
It also makes you realize that it can happen to anyone, even to model personalities, and in any circumstances. < /p>
The athlete was not alone, during this evening of June 25 where she was drugged. She was in the company of other swimmers, including one who, worried about her absence, found her in the street in a sorry state.
Shame and guilt
Intervenors explained to the Journal this week that the fact of having been drugged without one's knowledge often causes persistent trauma. We must seek help, without hesitation.
But in reality, the victims will often feel guilty and ashamed of what happened to them, especially since they do not remember what happened. In such circumstances, we quickly imagine the worst, we wonder if we have been sexually assaulted. It's horror.
Ms Harvey also lifts the veil on the lack of resources available to victims. Upon her return to Montreal, the swimmer from Trois-Rivières appealed to the Center d’aide pour victims d’Assurance Sexuale (CAVAS) in Montreal. She was referred to a specialized clinic.
Because of the delays in getting even a return call, she felt helpless and left behind. And for good reason. In such situations, the victims must already muster all their courage to ask for help. They should therefore be taken care of immediately. You have to see.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128