Woman grabbed and sexually assaulted in van

The victim told police she was forced into a beige minivan with tinted windows, possibly downtown, and assaulted by two unknown men. Afterwards the attackers let her go.

RCMP are investigating a sexual assault that took place in Whitehorse at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim told police she was forced into a beige minivan with tinted windows, possibly downtown, and assaulted by two unknown men. Afterwards the attackers let her go.

The suspects are described as Caucasian, one with blond hair and the other with dark-coloured hair.

“We’re still in the preliminary stages of this investigation,” Insp. Archie Thompson of the Whitehorse RCMP said in a statement. “We encourage anyone with any information to please come forward.”

The police press release includes a comment from a number of Yukon’s women’s groups.

“Even though most victims of sexualized assault in Yukon know their assailant (92 per cent), sexualized assaults of this nature do occur,” it said.

“If women need support please contact the Women’s Advocate at Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre at 867-667-2693, Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society 24 hour crisis line at 867- 668-5733 or Victim Services at 867-667-8500.”

Whitehorse RCMP can be reached at 867-667-5555.

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