Polo player accuses sports minister rape
Evans Lescouflair (l), former Minister of Youth, Sports, & Civic Action in Haiti, is accused of rape by Claude Alix Bertrand (r), a former student who now heads the Haitian National Polo Association. Photos via ZoomHaitiNews and Facebook, respectively.

Port-au-Prince — Haitian polo player Claude Alix Bertrand has accused Evans Lescouflair, Haiti’s former minister of sports, of sexually abusing him when Bertrand was 11. 

“It was hell,” said Bertrand from the show’s “Let’s Talk About Rape” segment, which aired January 26. “I wasn’t one to contemplate suicide, but I wanted to die. I asked God to let me die to escape from that situation.”

Bertrand, 46, leveled the accusation last week on an Instagram program, No Filter Channel, at times in graphic detail. He said the abuse began when Lescouflair taught physical education at Institution Saint-Louis de Gonzague, the prestigious primary and secondary Catholic school in Port-au-Prince. Bertrand said he tried to get himself kicked out of the school to escape the abuse, to no avail.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.