During the March 22, 2017 York Region Police Services Board meeting, we raised our concerns with the number of reported sexual assault complaints that are closed as “unfounded” by the police. Unfounded complaints are considered by police as to never have happened.
Here’s the letter we wrote to York Region’s police board on February 16th asking for the police chief to re-open sexual assault files: http://www.yorktaxpayer.ca/uncategorized/our-letter-to-york-region-police-board-about-sexual-assault/
In York Region, almost 1 of every 3 sexual assault complaints reported to police are closed because the victim was either thought to be untruthful or unbelievable. It’s an astounding number compared to the City of Toronto, which has an unfounded rate of just 7%.
Thanks to our advocacy, the York Region Police Services Board has ordered the York Region Police Chief to conduct a review of how sexual assault complaints are investigated. Should the Police Chief discover any sexual assault complaint that was erroneously closed as “unfounded,” it’s our hope that he will reassign the case be reconsidered.
Victims deserve justice.
During our advocacy, the York Region Taxpayer Coalition heard from two York Region MPPs, Reza Moridi of Richmond Hill and Helena Jaczek representing Oak Ridges-Markham. We hope that this review of sexual assaults in York Region will encourage other York Region area MPPs to get weigh in on the importance of police response towards sexual assault crimes.
Upon completion of his review, the York Region Taxpayer Coalition will receive a copy of the Police Chief’s report. We will share any findings and/or recommendations with our members.