RCMP investigating reports of sexual assaults near the Cowichan District Hospital

The RCMP will increase their presence around the Cowichan District Hospital as they investigate reports of multiple sexual assaults outside the building.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said on Tuesday they were made aware of sexual assaults believed to have taken placed between Nov. 2 and Nov. 17 near the grounds of the hospital.

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The RCMP are hoping to speak to anyone who has information on these alleged assaults, or who is a victim [and] has yet to come forward, said Cpl. Chris Manseau, spokesman for the B.C. RCMP.

It has been circulated that there are multiple victims who haven’t yet spoken to police. They may not know that their evidence could be crucial in identifying a suspect.

The RCMP said they immediately began working with Island Health on the investigation.

Uniformed RCMP officers in marked police vehicles will increase their patrols of the property, Manseau said. Anyone who feels unsafe can speak to one of the officers for assistance.

Police ask anyone with information about the alleged assaults or similar incidents at Cowichan District Hospital to dial 911 in an emergency or contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.

— Times Colonist

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