On the heels of news that a former Kamloops resident had been charged with 11 counts of sexual assaults comes word that the Kamloops RCMP has created a position for a dedicated sex-crimes investigator.
In January, Const. Rachel Buliziuk was named as the detachment’s investigator responsible for reviewing all sexually related offences reported to police locally.
“The success of any investigation ultimately starts with the survivors,” Buliziuk said.
“We know it’s not easy to come forward about these types of offences, but we want you to know that we are here for you. “
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Nestor Baird said
since starting in the position, Buliziuk has already assisted with numerous investigations ranging from child pornography to all different sexually related crimes.
“The sex-crime investigator position is an important one at our detachment for many reasons, with one of the most important aspects being that survivors of sexualized violence will now receive more consistent and dedicated oversight into their investigations,” Baird said.
Even if a victim is not ready to proceed with criminal charges, they are still encouraged to report any suspected sexual assault to police.
Along with being able to offer and refer supports, officers can also collect data and information that may be able to assist in identifying more victims and help to protect others.
The Kamloops RCMP can be reached at 250-828-3000. As always, call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
Those who have experienced sexual violence — or know someone who has experienced sexual violence — and need support can call the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre Crisis Line 24 hours a day for local and confidential support. Call 1-888-974-7278.