Province launches review of "unfounded" sexual assault complaints

The provincial government has launched its own review into complaints of sexual assault previously deemed "unfounded" to get to the root of the problem.

Municipal police forces in New Brunswick along with the RCMP are carrying out their own review following a Globe & Mail report that 1 in 5 complaints of sexual assaults were dismissed between 2010 and 2014.

Public Safety Minister and Bathurst-East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore MLA Denis Landry says the government's review aims to determine weather there is a systematic problem in dealing with sexual assault complaints so that the situation can be effectively addressed.

The New Brunswick Women's Council meanwhile, is calling for a comprehensive review on how to deal with these types of complaints as well as an ongoing process to review sexual assaults deemed unfounded.

Council's Beth Lyon says police lack resources and training to respond adequately.


(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)