HALIFAX – A 35 year-old Halifax man will be in court Monday to face a sexual assault charge, following a string of reported incidents said Halifax Regional Police.

The name of the man wasn’t released, and he remains in custody. The alleged sexual assault happened Thursday at 3:10 p.m. in the area of Chebucto Road and St. Matthias Street, said a press release, Friday. A man grabbed a 27 year-old woman from behind and touched her in a sexual manner over her clothing.

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Six other incidents were also reported on Thursday. There is currently an investigation on the connection between the cases but Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said they believe the same man charged with the sexual assault is linked to the other assaults and police aren’t looking for other suspects.

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“The investigators are trying to link all of the other files together to make sure there is enough evidence to take the person to court on the other outstanding files,” said Morris.

The other cases reported on Thursday included five reports of assault and one suspicious circumstance. In the assault cases police said the women were either knocked down or grabbed. An obscenity was said to the woman in the case of the suspicious circumstance. The victims were all female, the youngest was a 14 year-old girl, the oldest was 39.

The incidents were reported near Dalhousie University in the 6200 block of Coburg Road, the 6300 block of South Street, and on Cedar Street. The other incidents were reported further north on the peninsula near Windsor Street and Lawrence Street, Oxford Street and North Street, and Oxford Street and Berlin Street. The man was arrested on Dublin Street.

Dalhousie University’s Security Services is working with Halifax Regional Police, said Brian Leadbetter, a spokesperson for the university. A security bulletin was also released to all students, staff, and faculty.

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The number of incidents in such a short time frame is rare said police. However, Hollaback! Halifax, a group that works to stop street harassment and violence says these types of incidents aren’t as rare as people might think. Despite the violence, Rebecca Faria, of Hollaback!, said she’s happy the women involved felt comfortable reporting the incidents to police.

“There’s a growing awareness that people have the right to report this sort of thing to police,” said Faria. “At least the people who were affected by it on Thursday believed and hoped that they were going to be believed by police when they report it.”

Police said the incidents were traumatic for the victims but none suffered serious physical injuries. In addition to the immediate impact on victims, Faria said reports of assaults affect all women and how they use public spaces. However, she said women should try to resist the urge to change their daily routines because of the attacks.



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