Raised in foster care: “My brothers stole my childhood”

“They stole my childhood. They took my youth. They destroyed me for life. I lived in a prison because of them ”
C aroline Labrecque wanted to be present at the Sherbrooke courthouse on Wednesday to attend the appearance of those accused of committing various sexual acts against him during his childhood.

The brothers Jean-Guy and René Bolduc of Sherbrooke allegedly committed repeated sexual acts against a child who was housed in their foster home in the 1970s and 1980s.

“It’s clear that I was their sexual object,” says the complainant, who remembers in detail many of the assaults she suffered.

Jean-Guy and René Bolduc were charged before Judge Hélène Fabi of the Quebec Court, indecent assault, gross indecency between 1972 and 1983 for Jean-Guy Bolduc, and between 1975 and 1983 for René Bolduc. A charge of sexual assault, made admissible by reason of the amendments to the Criminal Code, is brought for the year 1983.

“The first time, I was 4 years old and Jean-Guy Bolduc was 29. I remember it very well. I was being guarded by him. His wife has never been aware. I was lying on the couch and he put his hand in my pants, “recalls Ms. Labrecque.

Placed in foster care at five months with the parents of the Bolduc brothers, she claims to have been abused by the two brothers for a decade.

“It was the equivalent of my brothers. Jean-Guy abused me at my parents, at home, in the trailer or on the couch with the television on. Last time he was playing cards. He went upstairs to tap me. I was 14 or 15 years old. It’s still clear in my head. My dad, my mom and his wife were downstairs and he had the nerve to do that to me. Rene abused me in the basement or when my parents were not there. He even abused me when he had just got married, “says Caroline Labrecque.

“You feel guilty about all this. You are scared. You are traumatized by everything. I had so many good parents. I did not want to hurt them. ”
– Caroline Labrecque

Jean-Guy Bolduc has been formally accused of sexual acts.
Jean-Guy Bolduc has been formally accused of sexual acts.
THE TRIBUNE, RENÉ-CHARLES QUIRION
It was at the death of her adoptive father that she decided to file a complaint with the Sherbrooke Police Service.

“You feel guilty about all this. You are scared. You are traumatized by everything. I had so many good parents. I did not want to hurt them. I had cut the bridges with the family so as not to confront my attackers. I kept this secret until they died, “says the complainant.

Caroline Labrecque says that her whole life has been tainted by these sexual assaults she claims to have suffered.

“The legal process helps me to heal. My life is not easy. These abuses have always had a harmful effect on my life. I often have trouble living. I had nightmares. I now give myself the right to show them what they did. I feel like making myself respected, “says the complainant.

Only Jean-Guy Bolduc, now 76 years old, was present at the Sherbrooke courthouse for his appearance.

To cross whoever abused her for ten years was a shock for the complainant.

“I thought I would faint when I saw him. It disgusts me, “says the complainant.

The files of the Bolduc brothers, defended by Christian Raymond and Michèle Lamarre-Leroux, have been postponed until July 3rd.

It is Me Laïla Belgharras who represents the public prosecutor in this case.

“If there are any who can recognize themselves, I encourage them to denounce. There is a glimmer at the end of it all; no matter how long, “says Caroline Labrecque.

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