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RCMP worry about rise in sexual assaults in Airdrie

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 7:58 am MST

Inspector Kim Pasloske of the Airdrie RCMP (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)

AIRDRIE (660 NEWS) – RCMP in southern Alberta say sexual assaults are on the rise and the number is greater in one city in particular.

According to the RCMP K-Division, sexual assaults in the region are up 142 per cent but in Airdrie, numbers are up 273 per cent.

Inspector Kim Pasloske with Airdrie RCMP told city council how many cases police have already responded to.

“In Airdrie, our number of incidences of domestic sexual assaults has increased quite significantly from five in 2014 to now 13 in 2019. That is a considerable increase.”

Pasloske believes several factors play into the rise in numbers including the Me Too movement and increased awareness.

“When I was first a member, there wasn’t really a thing of sexual assaults in a domestic relationship. Now we are recognizing that there is and we are scoring that and we are addressing that as it happens.”

She adds RCMP has undergone more training for dealing with such cases.