Canada Manitoba allows third-party reporting of sex assault

21:07  16 april  2018
21:07  16 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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WINNIPEG — A Manitoba cabinet minister who says she was raped at 13 says the province is taking an important step by allowing victims of sexual violence to file an anonymous report with police. Third - party reporting allows a survivor to report the assault to a community agency

Police hope the initiative will be a step forward in addressing the issue of under- reporting of sexual assault cases. “I would like to thank The Manitoba RCMP has developed a similar protocol, allowing survivors in rural areas the option of making a third - party report anywhere in the province.

WINNIPEG - Victims of sexual violence can now file an anonymous report with police in Manitoba.

Third-party reporting allows a survivor to report the assault to a community agency, which will then be passed along to Winnipeg police or RCMP.

Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth says the report won't trigger a criminal investigation but he says he hopes it will help victims connect with services and feel comfortable coming forward later.

He says it will also help police identify offenders or trends that may have gone unreported.

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The information will be entered in a national database to track violent offenders.

Third-party reporting is already allowed in British Columbia and Yukon.

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