RNC warns of alleged sexual assaults in downtown area of St. John’s

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The RNC is warning the public of a number of reported instances of alleged sexual assault in the downtown area of St. John’s.

A news release states that it is believed that women were possibly administered drugs surreptitiously and then sexually assaulted. In all cases, the women were either in public or socializing when the believed drugs were slipped into their drinks or otherwise administered.

The Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit of the RNC is actively investigating and have people of interest identified in these cases.

The RNC says the combination of debilitating drugs which affect memory and the stigma associated to sexual assault makes these investigations very challenging.

The RNC is asking the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity while socializing.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

The RNC notes the following safety tips: Socialize with trusted friends and stay together; watch your drink being made and do not leave it unattended; and if you feel more intoxicated than expected seek medical help.



Organizations: RNC, Crime Stoppers, NL Crime Stoppers Website

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  • S
    October 26, 2012 - 07:31

    As far as I'm concerned, any 19 year old or older year old who does enjoy being downtown, or enjoys the club scene-should be smart enough this day in age NOT to trust anyone! People are lurking out there and just waiting to see who they can victimize next!! I just find it hard to understand how one could walk away from their drink and go back and continue to drink it...we ALL know what could happen....don't we?

    • Sally Sue
      October 26, 2012 - 12:45

      While I agree with your comment, we could all be a little bit more cautious, sometimes these things happen even when you are watching your drink VERY carefully! It really irritates me when people imply that the woman's actions are to blame, and they "get themselves in those situations". Why not critisize the law enforcement for not keeping the streets free of these drugs, or the justice system for letting known sex offenders back on the streets after a light strap on the wrist? Please, if you yourself haven't encountered this very traumatizing experience first hand kep your opinions to yourself.

  • ann
    October 26, 2012 - 02:11

    dj date rape strikes again.

  • Dee
    October 25, 2012 - 21:35

    I have a young 14 year old son growing up.It frightens to me to death what is out there,I explain everything to him what damages these drugs to do.I always tell him when he is on lunch never leave your drink unattended at any time.You have to go pee take your drink with you.Right nowvi know he don,t play around with drugs I think I would know,but I am terrified for the day comes when he tells he tried something..Hopefully it never come.We tell him all the time when kids first smoking weed, it goes to a couple of days a week the to the point they need it everyday,when it is no longer doing good that's when these kids try something stronger.These kids at the time don,t know that they had been come addicted ,that the drug is burning their brains and taking over their bodies I tell my 14 year old this all the time hopefully it deters him from ever trying.