Sexual assault victim has request for financial support denied

Elizabeth Hadley poses for a photo near her home Tuesday. Hadley was raped and left for dead in a...

Elizabeth Hadley poses for a photo near her home Tuesday. Hadley was raped and left for dead in a ditch five years ago, and she says RCMP didn't tell her about victim assistance options; now the province has turned down her request for help because to too much time has passed Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Jenna McMurray, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

CALGARY - Nearly five years after she was brutally raped, a Calgary woman’s late bid for financial support has been shot down again.

Elizabeth Hadley accepted a ride from a man after leaving a party near Bragg Creek on Aug. 29, 2009.

She filed a report with RCMP after waking up on the side of the road, having been sexually assaulted and injured.

In July of 2012, an officer visited to update her on the investigation, which had essentially stalled, and mentioned she was eligible for provincial financial support.

In the fall of 2012, Hadley applied through the Victims of Crime Financial Benefits Program, which provides a maximum of $110,000 to eligible victims, though the amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis.

She was denied in September of 2013 since application eligibility expires “two years after the date on which you first knew or ought to have known that the offence occurred,” according to an adjudicator.

 

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