Editor’s note: This article contains details about sexual assault and violence that may be disturbing and traumatic to readers. Reader discretion is advised.
A 53-year-old man has been charged with aggravated sexual assault following a violent overnight attack Jan. 16.
Greater Sudbury Police say just before 3 a.m., they received a report from a community member who was flagged down on Frood Road by a woman who appeared to have been beaten.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the woman had been sexually assaulted by a man, and when she declined his sexual advances, he proceeded to physically assault her, causing serious, life-altering injuries to her face and minor injuries to her body.
The woman was able to identify the man responsible for the attack.
Just before 9 p.m. Jan. 18, officers located the suspect on Frood Road and placed him under arrest for aggravated sexual assault. He was held in custody overnight and was due to attend bail court today (Jan. 19).
Based on the investigation, there are concerns there may be other survivors.
If you have any information related to this incident or this individual, you are asked to phone Greater Sudbury Police at 705-675-9171.
Due to the sensitive nature of this incident, police are not releasing any further details about the victim to protect her identity.
Police thanked the community member who stopped to help the woman. “Your compassion and assistance were very much appreciated during a very emotional and traumatic situation,” said the press release.
Greater Sudbury Police say if you have experienced a sexual assault, you have various options for reporting the incident(s) to police when you are ready to do so.
In the case of an emergency, if you are in danger or need medical assistance or if the incident just took place/the person responsible is nearby, phone 911 immediately.
If you are reporting a sexual assault after the fact and you do not believe that you require immediate assistance, phone Greater Sudbury Police at 705-675-9171 or you can report it online through the online reporting option on the police service's website, www.gsps.ca.
Under the Reporting heading you will find a page dedicated to Sexual Assault reporting with additional information including a Sexual Assault Survivors Guide.
“We know that this is a very difficult time for survivors and we want to provide you with the assistance, resources and support that you require,” the press release said.