Demonstration in Trois-Rivières against the conditional discharge of Simon Houle

Demonstration in Trois-Rivières against the conditional discharge of Simon Houle

Dozens of people were present on Friday at the demonstration against the conditional discharge of Simon Houle, in Trois-Rivières.

More than a hundred people took part in a demonstration on Friday. demonstration organized in front of the Trois-Rivières courthouse to protest against the conditional discharge granted to an engineer from the region who was convicted of sexual assault.

The event was organized by the Center for Assistance and the Fight against Sexual Assault (CALACS) of Trois-Rivières, the Women's Action Group of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and the Table consultation of the Mauricie women's movement.

The case of Simon Houle brought several citizens to take to the streets in Trois-Rivières.

The director of the Table de concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie (TCMFM), Joanne Blais, hopes that this type of decision will not happen again, because she fears that victims of sexual assault will lose confidence in the justice system.

“We are outraged. Judge Poliquin's decision is totally unacceptable, we must absolutely express this indignation and our anger. »

— Joanne Blais, director of the Table de concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie

Joanne Blais, director of the TCMFM, in an interview on Live< /p>

The engineer is granted a conditional discharge to allow him to travel for his work. The facts for which he was found guilty occurred in April 2019 while he was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR).

The rally is held in front of the Trois-Rivières courthouse.

“We want to demonstrate, raise our voices together to talk about our dissatisfaction, our concern about this decision and [we also want] to support the victims of sexual assault. »

— Marie-Soleil Desrosiers, worker at CALACS Trois-Rivières

The worker at CALACS Trois-Rivières Marie-Soleil Desrosiers wants things to change. We are asking that the judicial system be updated and sensitized more quickly and that we give fairer sentences, because a sex crime is a crime , she declared in an interview with the x27; show Always in the morning.

Protesters gathered in front of the Trois-Rivières courthouse on Friday to carry their message.< /p>

A demonstration also took place on Thursday in front of the Quebec City courthouse to denounce the judgment rendered by Judge Mathieu Poliquin.

These women are among the hundreds of people who participated in a demonstration in Trois-Rivières on Friday against the decision of Judge Mathieu Poliquin to grant a conditional discharge to an engineer.

With information Amélie Desmarais

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