#RAPECULTURE: Native American Teenager Handcuffed, Raped in Back of Police Van
IN September of 2011, a then-17 year old girl was enjoying a night out in her small Inuit community of Tasiujaq when she was apprehended by authorities on suspicion of Drunk and Disorderly. The arresting officer, Danielle Gallant, was a rookie who had been on the force for less than a month. Constable Gallant had not been trained nor authorized to carry a firearm, but she had been sent to the remote village after reports of partying.
Gallant placed the teenager in handcuffs, then she put her in the back of the police van next to 24-year-old Joe Kritik. Kritik, a four-time convicted sex-offender, was not in handcuffs. That poor decision by the rookie officer would change the life of the young girl forever. The officer then left the vicinity of the van to further “police the area.”
When the officer was out of sight, Kritik took advantage of this opportunity and proceeded to rape the teenager. Restrained by her handcuffs, and with all the doors locked, the teenage girl was trapped with no way to fight back or escape.