A new Quebec musical duo has decided to take advantage of the launch of their first song to try to draw attention to a petition, initiated by their singer, which demands that all Canadian hospitals be provided with rape kits.
“It is a subject that is close to my heart”, confides to the Newspaper Gabrielle Doyon Hanson, singer and activist under the name Gabriella Hook in the duo Lavender Era.
We understand why when we read his disturbing story on the site of change.org, which has hosted since July 2020 this petition returned to more than 240,000 signatures.
In February 2017, she was raped after being drugged without her knowledge.
In shock as she recovered, Gabriella Hook managed to make her way to the Montreal Jewish Hospital with two friends to take an exam with the forensic kit used in sexual assault cases.
“When it was my turn to go to yard, I could barely speak or stand. I managed to mumble: I need a rape kit. The answer was: “We don’t do that here”. I was gripped by despair. “
The young woman had to go to the Hôtel-Dieu, where she says that they first checked that her mother tongue was French before providing her with care. Otherwise, she would have been directed to the Montreal General Hospital.
“It was all extremely confusing for me who was in dire need of emergency care,” she wrote in the text of her petition, which is addressed to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality in Ottawa, Maryam Monsef.
Gabriella Hook says it was the momentum generated by the wave of reports of sexual assault and misconduct last summer that prompted her to start her petition.
“It wasn’t really thought out. It comes from an accumulated frustration, “says the one who says she was off work for a year and a half after the assault.
Message to his attacker
It was music, she says, that saved her life. With the composer, producer and singer Aléatoire, she embarked on the electro-pop musical project Lavender Era.
Their first single, Cologne, was launched last Friday. At the very end of the video, dedicated to all survivors of sexual trauma, Gabriella Hook speaks directly to her attacker.
“What you did to me broke me,” she tells him, promising not to be silent anymore.