The athlete is still in shock after being stunned

Nearly two weeks after returning to Quebec, swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey is still in shock after being drugged without her knowledge on her final day at World Aquatics in Budapest.

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After enjoying the best World Championships in their history with 11 medals, the Canadian team celebrated their success when Harvey lost the map for a period of four to six hours.

Other teams were also present that evening on June 25th.

“I take it one day at a time,” Harvey said. I was told small parts of the story, but the feeling of not remembering what happened, with all the possibilities that entails, is still very present. Knowing that you have no control over your body isn’t the best feeling. »

Harvey thinks he’s making progress. “I’m learning to live with the event because I couldn’t have given an interview last week. I’m beginning to accept it. »

Found on the street

A friend of the swimmer from Trois-Rivières, who was born in Trois-Rivières, went looking for her out of concern that she would not be seen again. The French Charlotte Bonnet finally found Harvey on the street.

“She looked for me for 45 minutes before finally finding me on the street,” said the Tokyo Olympics athlete. She told me I told her not to leave me alone and that I needed her. »

“After that, two or three other girls took me back to my room,” Harvey said. Once I passed out and they put me on my bed. I was distraught waking up to see the doctor and team manager by my bedside. »

If she hesitated before sharing her story on her Instagram account on Wednesday night, Harvey has no regrets. “I have received many testimonials from people who have experienced the same situation. The number is really disturbing and yet we hardly hear anything about it. The victims do not denounce these situations because they are ashamed. »

She doesn’t think she was raped

Upon returning home, Harvey contacted the Montreal Center for Sexual Assault Victims (Cavas).

“I was struck by the gaps in resources available to victims,” ​​she said.

“I told my story as best I could, but I didn’t feel supported. I left a message at a specialized clinic whose contact details I was given and received a call back two days later. I don’t think I was raped, but I felt left out. »

Harvey has the support of his amazing friend and teammate, Katerine Savard.

“She persuaded me and her mother, who is a doctor, to contact the support services and that I have nothing to be ashamed of. »

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