Krista Carle, former RCMP constable who spoke out against harassment, has died


A woman who spoke out against harassment she and other female employees suffered within the RCMP has died.

Reports of 53-year-old Krista Carle taking her own life were confirmed by friends and colleagues last week.

The former RCMP officer retired in 2010 and was among the first women to go public about her experience during a 19-year-old RCMP career, along with former Nanaimo RCMP officer Janet Merlo.

Carle estimated she was the victim of 35 incidents over her career in Alberta, saying it wasn’t easy to come forward but was worth it to fight a “toxic culture” for future RCMP officers.

She moved to Vancouver Island and owned a hobby farm in Sooke, but lived with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Carle left the RCMP with a medical discharge.

In a letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in May 2016, Carle said she lost her family and career from due to her struggles with PTSD.

In Oct. 2016, the RCMP announced a $100 million settlement for all past and present employees who suffered harassment on the job.

Merlo was the lead plaintiff in the suit and called it a “turning point” for the RCMP.

WATCH: In October 2016, the RCMP announced a $100 million dollar settlement for all female employees who suffered harassment on the job.



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With files from CBC.


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