05/03/2016 14:17 EDT | Updated 05/04/2017 01:12 EDT

B.C. Mountie says sexual harassment settlement still means RCMP need policies

VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Mountie whose sexual harassment lawsuit against the RCMP prompted similar cases across the country has reached an out-of court settlement with the force.

Cpl. Catherine Galliford says she was mentally prepared to face a court battle next year and was blindsided by the settlement, which she couldn't discuss.

She says she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after two decades of sexual harassment and bullying on the job and will now focus on her health.

Galliford launched court action five years ago after going on sick leave in 2006.

She says going public about the abuse she suffered helped other female Mounties come forward and that they still "carry the torch" to continue with their cases.

Galliford says she had nowhere to turn and that is still the case for officers who are dealing with an entrenched culture within the RCMP as it continues to police itself.

The Canadian Press