Police Chief Evan Bray recognizes sexual assault has become a growing problem in Regina.
13 incidents took place in September, bringing the total to 142 for the year.
However, Chief Bray said he believes an international movement is starting to spark change in Regina.
“You think about that ‘Me Too’ movement that’s happened, that has definitely had an impact on the reporting on sexual assaults,” Bray said. “I think that’s very positive.”
Chief Bray said RPS has a unique approach to sexual assaults, as they attempt to prevent reoccurring assaults from taking place.
“We try and work to not only help the victim from further victimization, but also take a look at the person that’s offending,” Bray said. “We have a very good success rate at holding offenders accountable in terms of laying charges, but what does that look like after the charges are laid; how can we prevent this from happening again?”
Bray says police need to look at the numbers as people who have been victims of crime, and not just a crime stat.