Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Winnipeg police, Manitoba RCMP allow third-party reporting of sex assault

Winnipeg police, Manitoba RCMP allow third-party reporting of sex assault

That information will be entered into a national database that tracks violent offenders, even though it will not be treated the same as a formal complaint to police.

Police say the initiative is a step forward in addressing the serious issue of the under-reporting of sexual assault cases.

Three community-based partner agencies will now handle the intake of such reports and forward them to police.

Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth said that won't trigger a criminal investigation, but it will help identify offenders or trends that may have gone unreported.

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Sacramento-Benitez waived all the charges against him during a March 29 preliminary hearing before District Judge Patricia Zaffarano and is being held at Montgomery County Prison on $50,000 cash bail, police said. Sullivan said Dillon was taken into custody without incident.

Third-party reporting won't replace traditional reporting, but will be treated for informational purposes only.

She said third party reporting is firstly an important tool for survivors and secondly a tool for law enforcement.

She also told authorities that Gray said he would kill himself if she didn't commit the act.

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Victims are now able to contact Klinic Community Health Centre, Sage House or Heart Medicine Lodge in Winnipeg to make a report.

The court observed that the girl has been consistent in her statements before the police and the court.

In an interview with the victim, police said, detectives learned that Sacramento-Benitez had been raping and sexually assaulting the victim for the past year.

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