Quebec reviewing dismissed sexual assault complaints

The province is conducting a full review of sexual assault complaints that were dismissed as unfounded.

Quebec's Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said the provincial police Sûreté du Québec's review will include a sampling of cases. Coiteux said he did not have figures but that he believes the SQ will be conducting a "significant" sampling. 

The SQ did not give any timeline for completion or indication if the results would be made public.

Coiteux said his ministry will conduct at a later date an inspection of all police forces and procedures used when handling sexual assault cases.

Coiteaux said he wants to ensure best practices are always being followed.

A previous investigation by the Gloeb and Mail revealed a high number of dismissed claims across Canada.

Data showed over a five-year average ending in 2014, the Sûreté du Québec dismissed 21 per cent of complaints, determining no crime had occurred or was attempted. 

On a municipal level the average varies by region.

In Longueuil, police determined nine per cent of sexual assault complaints were unfounded, in Abitibi in north-western Quebec that rate was 27 per cent, while here in Montreal police dismissed 18 per cent of complaints as unfounded.

The Canada-wide average is 19 per cent.

With files from CJAD 800 News reporter Shuyee Lee.