Alberta RCMP expands response for Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Police say there were more than 3,000 calls last year related to sexual violence in the province

RCMP officers in Sylvan Lake have obtained a video that depicts a male youth being assaulted by two other male youths. (Black Press file photo)

The Alberta RCMP is expanding its response to sexual crime.

In recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness month, police said “with new dedicated teams and positions across the province and a new web page with tools and information for the public, the Alberta RCMP is highlighting the importance of understanding the impact of sexual and domestic crimes in our communities.”

They said on average, there are about 2,500 calls to service in relation to sexual violence each year. In 2021, that number was over 3,000, well above 2020 numbers.

RCMP has rolled out dedicated investigative units in several communities across the province in response to those rising numbers.

The Alberta RCMP has set up a new web page with detailed information for the general public and a centralized location for resources for survivors

“Being a voice for sexual violence is being a voice for generations to come. Our work is crucial to ending the crippling effect of trauma associated with these crimes of power and control,” said Corporal Courtney McCarron.

“We need to support victims and they need to always know that the assault is never their fault.”