A lawyer said the recent resignation of Canada hockey board president could be a sign of the next departure.
Simona Jellinek, a Toronto-based sexual abuse and assault attorney, told CTV News Channel on Sunday.
Jellinek said if Canada wants to tackle sexual abuse in sport, at all levels, sexual violence must be taken more seriously and at an early enough stage, or else the problem will only continue.
“The problem, however, is that we can’t wait for scandals,” she said.
“We can’t wait for everyone to come forward, we can’t wait for things to happen before reacting. We have to be proactive in protecting our players, our spectators and all others who may be harmed. someone who sexually abuses someone in a position of power or who is protected by those in a position of power.”
On Saturday, Hockey Canada announced that Michael Brind’Amour had resigned as chairman of Hockey Canada’s board of directors.
He is the first senior leader to leave the organization, which has come under close scrutiny for its handling of sexual assault allegations involving members of the former Canadian men’s hockey team.
Hockey Canada also maintains a fund, funded by membership fees, to pay for uninsured liabilities, including but not limited to sexual abuse claims. The organization has since said it would not use the funds to settle sexual assault complaints.
The federal government has frozen funding for Canadian Hockey following revelations that the organization had quietly settled a lawsuit against a woman who alleges members of the 2018 men’s team sexually assaulted her following the incident. event at the Canadian Hockey gala in London, Ont, that year.
Members of the 2003 student body are also being investigated for an allegation of sexual assault in Nova Scotia.
Meanwhile, former players and victim rights advocates have called for senior leaders at Hockey Canada to step down.
On August 4, Hockey Canada announced former Supreme Court justice of Canada Thomas Cromwell would lead an independent review of the organization’s governance.
“We started to see cracks in the fort, and that’s how the light got in,” Canadian Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge said Saturday in Niagara Falls, Ont. Canadian Sports Festival.
“The Canadians have sent a clear message to Hockey Canada that real leadership change is needed and this is at all levels within the organization.”
With files from CTV News and The Canadian Press