Kingston Police issued the following report earlier today:
A 23-year-old local man has been charged with sexually assaulting the victim while driving her home.
On December 9, 2017 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the victim accepted a ride from the accused who is known to her. Instead of driving the victim directly home the accused began heading north of the city. The accused parked the vehicle at numerous locations at which time he would grope and kiss the victim without her consent. The accused eventually stopped his actions and drove the victim home.
On December 16, 2017 the victim reported the incident and the Kingston Police Sex Assault began an investigation.
On January 11, 2018 the accused turned himself in at police headquarters. The accused was arrested and later released on conditions with a future court date.
The accused was charged with sexual assault.
Kingston Police want to let victims of sexual assault know that it is their choice to disclose the incident to police.
If you have been sexually assaulted or abused and are uncertain what to do, please attend the hospital and see the caring and compassionate staff at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence unit. The staff can help you with counselling and coping strategies in addition to providing testing for sexually transmitted diseases and providing access to HIV medication.
If you are willing, the staff will also complete the sexual assault evidence kit. Evidence can be collected up to twelve days following a sexual assault. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible for DNA evidence to be obtained from clothing after it has been washed. Your confidentiality is guaranteed and police will only be contacted by the hospital if you request it at the time. The SADV clinic will store the contents of the kit for a preliminary period of 6 months which offers a victim time to gather information on the process and decide on how they want to proceed.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Kingston Police or any of these other valuable support services and resources for victims of sexual or domestic violence in the Kingston area:
Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
Kingston Interval House
Kingston Sexual Assault Centre – Support Services and Programs
Resolve Counselling Services Canada
KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) | For men
Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834)
Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family
Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory
Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Canadian Centre for Men and Families
Release source: Kingston Police
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