Increase in sexual assaults

Number of local assaults nearly doubled since 2011

The number of sexual assaults in Kingston have increased from 66 cases in 2011 to 112 cases between January to September this year, according to the Kingston Police quarterly report released earlier this month.

Two recent sexual assaults near campus followed the release of the report. The Kingston Police deduce that the two are linked.

The four per cent increase in sexual assaults can be attributed to the trust that the community puts in the Kingston Police, said Media Relations officer Constable Steven Koopman.

“We went from having four officers, 10 years ago, to having eight officers in our sexual crimes office,” he said.

Koopman said that the police hope the number goes down.

“It’s still a relatively small number and it can change from year to year,” he said.

Campus Security hasn’t had any reports of sexual assault this academic year, according to David Paterson, director of Queen’s Campus Security, which patrols main campus as well as the student housing areas close the edge of campus.

They also have an off-campus response team.

He said he encourages students to take advantage of security resources on campus, including the SeQure app for Apple and Android phones or follow their Twitter account for security updates on campus.

“Trust your intuition,” he said. “If possible, walk with a friend or contact the AMS Walkhome service.” He said everyone should contact police or push the blue light button if they are uncomfortable or feel like they’re being followed.

Patterson also noted that Campus Security offers a safe walk program on campus and self-defence classes for women.

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