Nishnawbe Aski Police to start training officers to better serve victims of sexual crimes – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202394 Views

Jan 12, 2023

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The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), which serves 34 First Nations communities in northern Ontario, is set to present new “trauma-informed” video training for its officers to help sexual assault victims.

Research indicates more than half of Indigenous women in Canada will experience some form of sexual assault, or abuse, in their lifetime.

However, according to Statistics Canada, only six per cent of sexual assault survivors will ever come forward.

Sgt. Det. Alana Morrison – a 20-year veteran of the NAPS and the lead on their sexual assault support program – says new officers often lack proper training, and as a result, survivors often feel “rushed, bombarded, or judged” when making a report.

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