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.