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Revelstoke RCMP concerned about unreported sexual assaults

The Revelstoke Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Revelstoke RCMP Victim Services, Revelstoke Women's Shelter Society, and various community partners release the following information to the public: Recent information has come to light of sexual assaults in the community.

Information of several sexual assaults have been indirectly provided. Without absolute information, the multiple agencies involved have been limited in their response and police have been unable to conduct any formal investigations. These incidents have occurred in a variety of public spaces.

“Considering the fact that about 80 per cent of sexual assaults in Canada go unreported, we know that it is happening a lot more in our community than we think,” said Stephanie Melnyk of Revelstoke RCMP Victim Services. “Some victims of sexual assault want to report to police while others do not, but many agencies, including Victim Services, can support them in both cases. As a community we can’t be afraid to talk about sexual assault and to address the underlying biases and systematic dysfunctions. Once we start talking more openly, we can work together on approaches for prevention.”

The information in this press release is provided as a general warning to the public. In an effort to keep people safe, the RCMP recommend to use caution when approached or talking to strangers. The RCMP recommend to be vigilante, be mindful of your surroundings, avoid walking alone, stay in well-lit areas, tell people where you are going, and to report suspicious or unusual incidents immediately. Carrying a cell phone allows immediate access to 911 and all related emergency services.

Sexual assault nurse examiner Carmen Harder said she would like to remind the public to keep safe distances when talking to strangers, ensure others know where you are when you are alone, and watch one's drink when in the company of others.

Currently no substantial information exists for the suspected sexual offender(s). Further information will be released if it becomes available. If any persons wish to come forward to provide information, this will be received by any of the noted agencies. Information can also be anonymous through a call to Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477). Their web site is www.revelstokecrimestoppers.ca

Survivors of sexual assault can call the RCMP, Victim Services, Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society and the Queen Victoria Hospital at any time for assistance. If you, a friend or family member has been a victim of sexual assault, please contact one of these agencies for support.

A Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society representative added that help is available.

“If you or a friend are fleeing abuse and in need of a safe space, support or resources the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society offers assistance 24/7. The staff is there to support you. Please call the crisis line at 250.837.1111”

Revelstoke RCMP Victim Services             250.837.9260

Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society     250.837.1111

Queen Victoria Hospital                                                250.837.2131

Emergency                                                         911