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Synopsis du rapport final de la commission Oppal sur les femmes disparues.

Synopsis du rapport final de la commission Oppal sur les femmes disparues.

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Synopsis du rapport final de la commission Oppal sur les femmes disparues.
Synopsis du rapport final de la commission Oppal sur les femmes disparues.

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Most of us will never have to worry about where we will get our next meal,
what we will do to get the money we need to live or where we will sleep.
We don’t understand what it feels like to be consumed by fears about our
physical safety and yet afraid to contact the police. On your own, easily
forsaken.

Forsaken. That is the story of the missing and murdered women.

The missing and murdered women were forsaken by society at large and
then again by the police. The pattern of predatory violence was clear and
should have been met with a swift and severe response by accountable and
professional institutions, but it was not. To paraphrase Maggie de Vries,
sister of murder victim Sarah de Vries, there should have been mayhem,
searches, media interest and rewards; but these responses only trickled in
over the course of many years.

In September 2010, the Lieutenant Governor in Council issued an Order
in Council establishing the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. I was
appointed as the Commissioner.

The Commission had a fourfold mandate:

a) to inquire into and make fndings of fact respecting the
investigations conducted between January 23, 1997 and February
5, 2002, by police forces in British Columbia respecting women
reported missing from the Downtown Eastside of the City of
Vancouver;

b) to inquire into and make fndings of fact respecting the decision
of the Criminal Justice Branch on January 27, 1998, to enter a
stay of proceedings on charges against Robert William Pickton of
attempted murder, assault with a weapon, forcible confnement,
and aggravated assault;

c) to recommend changes considered necessary respecting the
initiation and conduct of investigations in British Columbia of
missing women and suspected multiple homicides; and

d) to recommend changes considered necessary respecting
homicide investigations in British Columbia by more than one
investigating organization, including the co-ordination of those
investigations.

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Executive Summary

The story of the missing and murdered women is a tragedy of epic
proportions. It is simply unfathomable that these women were forsaken year
after year. And yet they were. While this report focuses on police failures
to investigate their disappearance, none of us can escape responsibility for
what happened to the missing and murdered women. It is my hope and
conviction that this report will contribute to a lasting legacy of increased
safety and the saving of lives.

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