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Police launch hotline amid reports of wide-spread sexual abuse at youth jail

By Steve MacArthur Jul 12, 2023 | 11:05 AM

Police are launching a confidential hotline as part of a wide-spread investigation into reports of sexual assault at the Nova Scotia Youth Centre over a 30 year period.

Investigators have already talked with 70 people claiming they were abused at the centre, commonly known as Waterville.

Police believe there are more and others in the community who have additional information.

“If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual assault while at Waterville, we want you to know we’re here to support you,” says Cst. Shannon Herbert. “We offer comprehensive victim services through the Provincial Victim Services program, criminal injuries counselling, and other resources that can assist with recovery.”

Survivors who investigators have not yet spoken with, and anyone with information, are asked to call the confidential hotline at 902-720-5313; the toll-free number is 1-833-314-3475.

The hotline is monitored Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outside of these hours, a confidential voicemail is available. Investigators can also be contacted by email at headwind@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers, toll-free, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.


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