The complainants of sexual assault closed without led, for lack of evidence or because found to be non-founded, can now turn to a review committee, in Lévis.
By this gesture, the police Department of the City of Lévis (SPVL) wants to “increase the confidence of victims and encourage them to file a complaint”, and “use all means of inquiry in place to resolve cases of sexual assault”, can we read in a press release the organization released Thursday.
The members of this committee will have the mandate to review and revise the police investigation, treatment, and closure of the sexual assault ended, classified as unfounded or not resolved by the investigators, and to ensure respect for the rights of victims.
They focus in priority on the folders that are the subject of a request for review by a complainant, but also “to the folders selected randomly by the committee.”
“For us, the SPVL, it is important to place victims of crime at the heart of our priorities and better support and accompany”, said the director of police, Michel Desgagné.
The committee will partner with the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions of Quebec, as well as organizations such as the assistance Centre for victims of crime in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches (CAVAC) and the Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS).
Victims can request a review of their case by e-mail:
In Québec, other police services have introduced similar procedures.