Over the last year sexual assault statistics in the Quinte area skyrocketed. The Quinte and District Sexual Assault Centre's hired more staff to deal with the growing wait list. Belleville Police reported three times more sexual assaults from July to September in 2011 than in 2010. This is an in-depth look at what's really going on.

Sexual assault wait list

The long wait list for the sexual assault centre has cause some victims added anguish to an already traumatic experience.
Jennifer Bowman reports it affects the centre’s workers as well.



Sexual assaults hitting record levels in Belleville, says executive director

Sexual assaults are at crisis levels, according to a Belleville sexual assault centre.

Kim Charlebois, the executive director of the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District, said sexual assaults have increased over the past two years.

Between April 2010 and March 2011, 32 people were admitted to the hospital after being sexually assaulted. From March to August this year, 25 people have already been admitted.
And there are still seven months to go, she said.

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Analysis: Sexual assault stats send mixed message

It looks like the Quinte region is an increasingly dangerous place for women to live.

Sexual assaults have tripled in Belleville since last year, according to Belleville police statistics.The local sexual assault centre has hired more staff to help reduce the longest waiting list it’s ever had.

But the statistics might just be another numbers game.

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More people reporting sexual assault in Belleville

Reported sexual offences in Belleville are almost three times higher this year than last year according to police statistics released on Thursday, September 15.

Police Chief Cory McMullan said at the Police Board Meeting Thursday evening that police are monitoring sexual assaults, but the statistics don’t necessarily mean crime is on the rise.

“Sexual assault is a crime that we know is under reported,” said McMullan.

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