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Former firefighter speaks out about alleged sexual, physical assault in fire hall

Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 7:26 pm EDT

A Toronto firefighter has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and assault with a weapon involving allegations of wrongdoing against a female colleague.

Kevin Hughes, who will appear in court Dec. 23, is currently on disability from the service and no longer living in Toronto.

His accuser, Jamie Wilson, has waged a lengthy battle against the Toronto Fire Service for what she says is systemic sexism and violence in the fire hall.

Wilson says her seven years as a firefighter included relentless physical violence, humiliation and degradation.

A grievance she filed three years ago is still being heard.

Wilson has also launched a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

She is currently on disability with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and said she went to police about her allegations — dating back to 2006 — after making the decision not to return to the job.

She spoke to CityNews about incidents of bullying and harassment she alleges she went through during her time as a firefighter.