London Police are urging anyone with information regarding alleged sexual assaults at Western University to come forward. The police service says it is investigating allegations made online about recent incidents, but hasn’t received any official complaints yet. Last week was Orientation Week at the university. Several online reports say more than 2-dozen woman were drugged and/or sexually assaulted, although that has not been confirmed. On Sunday, Western said it had increased security on campus and in student residences following the reports.
London Police Investigates Allegations of Sexual Assault at Western University
LONDON, ON (September 13, 2021) – The London Police Service is aware of information circulating on social media pertaining to a number of sexual assaults alleged to have occurred at Medway-Sydenham Hall over this past weekend. As of this time, we have not received any reports from this weekend involving incidents at Medway-Sydenham Hall.
Given the seriousness of the allegations raised in relation to incidents occurring at Medway-Sydenham Hall, the London Police Service has opened an investigation and we will work collaboratively with Western University to identify and support any victims and ensure a thorough investigation is conducted.
Two reports were received in the week prior pertaining to allegations of sexual assault occurring at other locations on campus. These incidents remain under investigation, and part of that investigation will include examining possible linkages to any unreported incidents.
The London Police Service investigates all allegations of sexual assault in the city, including any incidents at Western University Campus, which are reported to police. If Western University receives such a report, the matter is turned over to the London Police Service immediately for investigation.
We are committed to thoroughly investigating all complaints of sexual assault whether reported to us directly or referred to us through a third party. Further, along with our community partners, we will fully support those who come forward. We encourage anyone who has experienced sexual violence to report the incident to police so that the matter can be fully investigated.?
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers.
— London Police Service ON (@lpsmediaoffice) September 13, 2021
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