Protesters gather outside Victoria police station in support of sexual assault survivors

Sexual assault survivors ­protested outside Victoria police headquarters on Thursday ­evening.

Organizers said they chose the location to get the attention of police, and to call for the arrest of a former bar worker at the centre of at least a dozen local allegations of sexual assault.

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Stories of abuse linked to the man have also come out in Ontario, where he lived and worked in the hospitality ­industry before moving to ­Victoria.

Some sexual-assault survivors shared their stories, and a representative from the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre spoke to the crowd of about 70 people.

A series of similar protests has taken place over the past two weeks. Some of the previous events were held outside bars where the man worked, ­including Chuck’s Burger Bar and JR Slims.

Chuck’s Burger Bar has since fired the employee and is conducting an investigation. JR Slims issued a statement saying the man worked at the restaurant for a brief period, and they are not aware of any allegations related to his time there.

Several women have described a man who often gave out free drinks and encouraged or coerced them to consume alcohol. Two women have shared their stories with the Times ­Colonist, accusing the man of rape. A third woman said she woke up to find the man touching her.

Police say they continue to investigate the reports, and encourage anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who would like to make a report to police is asked to call VicPD at 250-995-7654, extension 1.

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