Ville de Gatineau
Call-out to Victims of Sexual Assault
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Call-out to Victims of Sexual Assault

Gatineau, April 15, 2020. – This morning at around 8 a.m., the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) arrested Naji Kamar, a 62 year-old male Gatineau resident, in connection with a case of sexual assault in a senior's residence in the Gatineau sector. The SPVG has reason to fear that there may be other victims and is reaching out to them.

Quick facts

The investigation started in February further to a complaint received by a group of workers involved in a coordinated intervention to fight elder abuse.
The complaint concerned sexual touching of a resident by the owner of Manoir Sainte-Marie.
Measures were quickly taken to meet with the victim, who was temporarily placed in another center, to determine the exact circumstances of the assault.
Mr. Kamar, the owner of the residence where the assault took place, allegedly touched the victim over a period extending from March 2019 to January 2020.
This morning, he was arrested and appeared before the Court of Quebec in the afternoon.
He was released on an undertaking, including not contacting his victim.
Mr. Kamar has not had any contact with the residents of his establishment since the allegation.
The SPVG would like to highlight the excellent cooperation it has received from the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais and all of the workers involved since the start of the investigation.
The SPVG is pursuing its investigation in cooperation with the partners.
The evidence collected during the investigation suggests that there may be other victims of Mr. Kamar. The SPVG urges them to contact its investigators by calling 819-243-INFO (4636), option 5.

Statement by constable Andrée East

“We urge anyone who might have been a victim of Mr. Kamar, or anyone else, to file a complaint or ask a specialized agency for assistance. When it comes to sexual assault, mistreatment or abuse, the victims may feel guilty or ashamed, and find it difficult to report the facts. For a number of reasons, this is particularly true for elders. Some of them may worry about causing problems for their children, while others may be afraid of losing their place in the centre where they live, or of suffering reprisals. Nobody deserves to be abused. Please know that our door is always open. We are also reaching out to the families and close friends of these elders so that they can speak on their behalf in case, for any reason, they cannot speak for themselves.”

Coordinated intervention to fight elder abuse:

A coordinated intervention occurs in response to a report by a worker who believes that an elder is being abused within the meaning of the Act, that the situation calls for the coordination of workers in order to efficiently put an end to the abuse, or that the abuse could represent a criminal or penal offence.
Situations of elder abuse are sometimes complex, so an intersectoral approach and coordination are key to efficient intervention.
This approach involves a collaborative effort that focuses on specific contributions by each worker related to their role, and on working in partnership with the person being abused in order to put an end to the abuse.
Given that they can share information amongst themselves, workers are in a good position to coordinate their actions and thereby provide the necessary assistance to the elders who need it.

Act to combat maltreatment of seniors:

The purpose of this statute is to fight the abuse of elders and any other vulnerable adults by setting out measures specifically designed to make it easier to report cases of abuse and implement a national framework agreement to that end.
Under this Act, all of the parties involved are obligated to implement an intervention process that takes their particular regional realities into account.
The Act also amends certain statutes concerning professions and privacy by making it possible to share personal information without the consent of the person concerned in order to prevent an act of violence.


Naji Kamar

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Plan d'action gouvernemental pour contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées

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Andrée East
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Service de police
Ville de Gatineau

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