Third-Party Reporting Allows Sexual Assault Victims Anonymity

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Winnipeg police, the province and community groups have announced a new way for victims of sexual assault to report the crime, even if they do not want to have contact with police or have the incident be dealt with by the courts.

A suburban Chicago man is in jail on charges that he kidnapped a woman and attempted to sexually assault her while he posed as a police officer. The prosecution argued that the girl was taken to Shankar's house on July 10, 2013, for treatment of her backache through "jhada" (witchcraft).

When she spoke to media about the assault, she said the province was looking to follow British Columbia's lead to bring in third-party reporting.

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The man, from the Penpedairheol area, was later charged with two counts of assault and two public order offences and released on bail to appear in court at a later date. Sullivan said Dillon was taken into custody without incident. "While officers have identified a suspect in the 2016 incident, only one of the two suspects in the 2018 incidents has been identified".

Sexual assaults often go widely unreported, as victims don't wish to become part of a police investigation or court proceedings. According to Edinburg Police, "The victim reported knowing Melquisedec Chan as a pastor at a church she attended in Mission, Texas who was also believed to practice medicine in Mexico".

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