|Eugene Tippett is the lead plaintiff in a class action against the federal|
government over alleged sexual abuse he endured as a youth.
The Federal Court of Canada has certified the class action filed by lead plaintiff Eugene Tippett, a 54-year-old Ontario resident who accuses CAF of "systemic negligence." The class action claims at least $125 million in damages. It's not known how many others will join the lawsuit.
The claim alleges CAF failed to protect youth who were sent to work at the Quadra cadet training centre in British Columbia as punishment for committing crimes.
The claims have not been proven in court.
On December 15, 1981, Tippett was declared a "juvenile delinquent" after being charged with theft and break-and-enter. He was ordered to attend the Developing Adolescence Strengthening Habits (DASH) program run by the British Columbia government in partnership with CAF.
Then 15 years old, Tippett had been living on the streets and in various group homes in B.C.
He alleges one of the officers who supervised the program, and who lived in the same bunkhouse as him, abused him sexually, physically and emotionally.
The trauma had a profound negative effect on his life, he said. (more...)
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