A 29-year-old woman from Alberta is coming forward about a traumatic incident at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. The assault reportedly happened on the second night of her vacation with family and friends at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana.
According to CTV News, the resort offered to refund her stay if she kept quiet about the incident. They even tried to make her sign a non-disclosure agreement to eliminate any responsibility for what occurred. The woman refused to sign and accept their offer. “If you’re not guilty of something, why are we having to sign this piece of paper?” she said to CTV.
The woman, whose name is not being publicly released at this time, claims she had been drinking the night of the assault. She asked the hotel staff for help getting back to her room. A security guard was called to escort her.
The woman claims that all she remembers next is being sexually assaulted in her room by the security guard and another male staff member in uniform. The woman says she was "helpless" and couldn't do anything to stop it.
“I was in bed and there was the two guys in front of me and foul play was already happening. I was saying ‘No,’ but at that point I fell back asleep. [I] woke back up again and it was the other man who was on top of me," the woman told CTV News.
The woman says she woke up later and the two men were gone. Terrified, she called the police. “I’m scared and I’m traumatized. I have to live with this for the rest of my life,” she says.
CTV Calgary obtained this statement from the resort about the incident: "We are not able to provide answers to queries about specific guests. We take guest safety and privacy seriously, and do not comment publicly about individual visitors."
When contacted by the media, Global Affairs Canada had this to say, “We are aware and deeply concerned with the reports of a sexual assault on a Canadian citizen in the Dominican Republic… Consular services continue to be provided to the Canadian."
Global Affairs Canada reportedly told her that the two men are now awaiting trial at a prison in the Dominican Republic. The allegations have yet to be tested in court.