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Forty per cent of sexual assaults in Kelowna deemed ‘unfounded’ in 2018

Thirty-five out of 88 sexual assault reports were unfounded, according to Statistics Canada

Almost 40 per cent of sexual assault reports in Kelowna in 2018 were deemed “unfounded,” according to numbers released by Statistics Canada.

When a report is classified as unfounded, it means that after the investigation, police determined that no violation of the Criminal Code or any other federal statute occurred.

Statistics Canada reported 35 of 88 sexual assault reports in the city last year were ruled unfounded, dwarfing the 15 per cent average across the province.

Last year also saw a slight uptick in the rate of reported sexual assaults, climbing from 34.55 incidents per 100,000 population to 38.26. These numbers are still down from 2015 when 47.81 incidents were reported per 100,000.

The Capital News reached out to Kelowna RCMP for comment on the numbers but have yet to receive a response.

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