Revelstoke RCMP issue sexual assault warning

No incidents were formally reported

Revelstoke RCMP are warning residents to be vigilant after the possibility of several sexual assaults in the community.

No exact details could be confirmed, as the information regarding the incidents was 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,” said a press release. “These incidents have occured in a variety of public spaces.”

There is currently no substantial information for the suspected sexual offender or offenders. The RCMP said more information will be released if it becomes available.

“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 RCMP recommend using caution when approached, or talking to strangers.

“Be vigilant, be mindful of your surroundings, avoid walking alone, stay in well-lit areas, tell people where you are going,”

the release says.

Report any suspicious or unusual incidents immediately.

The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society also says that staff are available for support.

“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… Please call the crisis line at 250.837.1111.”

“If any persons wish to come forward to provide information, this will be received by any of the noted agencies (Revelstoke RCMP, Victim Services, or Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society),” says the release. “Information can also be anonymous through a call to Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477. Their website is www.revelstokecrimestoppers.ca.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Highway 1 to close near Revelstoke for avalanche control

Road is expected to remain closed between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Grizzlies beat Rockets in close game

Andy Siegel Special to the Review It was a packed house high… Continue reading

RCMP to review fatal Field train derailment investigation after evidence points to ‘cover up’

The derailment, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2019, killed three men from Calgary

JustIN: Okanagan artist teases new tune with mom

Justin J. Moore Music is releasing a new duet starring opera singer mom for a good cause

Kamloops brothers arrested for each allegedly stealing excavators

Police arrest siblings on successive days; each has been charged with possession of stolen property

Missing Vernon man located

Friends, family report Vernon hotel manager Jay Rosenberger has been found

60% of Canadian workers would take a pay cut for better mental health support: survey

Survey found 77% of workers would leave for better wellness initiatives

Southern resident orca L41 considered missing and feared dead

The orca was last spotted in August 2019 when photographed in western Strait of Juan de Fuca

‘I am so sorry’: Stolen Baby Bear statue reunited with Mama, Papa Bear in B.C. town

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Compost comeback in North Okanagan

City of Vernon councillors approve $27K Compost Bin Pilot Program Phase two

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

Most Read