Thank you, Chair.
I'm so sorry that I can't be with you in person today.
I want to start out by thanking both of you for sharing your testimony. I want to acknowledge that it's difficult to share stories, particularly with the experiences you've had of not being heard or believed. I believe both of you. I want to thank you for being here today.
This question is for both of you. I'd like both of you to respond to it.
We've heard directly from you today and from other witnesses who have come before this committee about how calling out abuse in your sport, when there's abuse in sport, impacts you personally.
Ms. Rondeau, today you spoke about how there are lots of supports and resources, but there's nobody to hold them accountable. I think you both provided examples of organizations that were supposedly there to help you but that had clear conflicts of interest of being on both sides. It's very clear to me that wanting justice has come at a great emotional cost for you, for your friends, for your teammates and for your reputations, and has often impacted your careers.
I looked up an article from The Guardian with regard to what you shared, Ms. McCormack. It's entitled “Sexual abuse in sport: Fifa backs executives after failure to tell players about sexually abusive coach”. You were speaking about how when you come forward with abuse and then you're not believed, it results in the abuse of other individuals, children and young people. We need to change that.
I have a couple of questions, but first I want to read this out:
Fifa has backed senior officials within its organization after a failure to tell players and the public the real reason why now-convicted sex offender and former national team coach Bob Birarda left Canada Soccer in 2008.
The officials—Victor Montagliani, the president of Concacaf and a Fifa vice-president, and Peter Montopoli, the chief operating officer for Canada for the 2026 World Cup—were senior Canada Soccer officials with central roles in Birarda’s exit from his job as Canada’s U-20 women’s national team coach after he was found to have acted inappropriately with his own players.
They're still in high-ranking positions.
I want to ask you two questions. One, how can we protect survivors, victims and witnesses, even in this committee, from further abuse as you come forward once again and put your safety—I include emotional safety in that—on the line? Two, what can we do so that future survivors can be allowed to speak their truth safely without being subjected to further pain and further revictimization?
Those questions are for both of you.