Canada Manitoba allows third-party reporting of sex assault

21:07  16 april  2018
21:07  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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The Manitoba government is looking usher in third - party reporting for victims of sexual assault in the province, allowing survivors another option to of reporting the incident if the victim isn’t ready to speak with police.

Yukon, allows victims of sexual assault to report the details to a community-based organization, which then “One of the solutions that the RCMP presented was this idea of third - party reporting .” Rochelle Squires, the Manitoba environment minister who is also responsible for the status of women

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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