June 19, 2014 8:24 pm

Facebook post describing alleged assault sparks online outrage


Regina – A Facebook post describing an alleged victim of an assault has garnered a lot of attention online.

The post has since been taken down, and Regina police are reassuring the public an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Around 5:30 Saturday morning, police responded to the 1300 block of 8th Avenue north, to find a woman who said she had been assaulted.

Dana Yasinowski said the woman banged on her doors, had no clothes on from the waist down, and was quite frantic.

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“She was bleeding from her face. She had rug burns on her legs because she said she was dragged down the stairs,’ she added.

The woman was taken into custody because she was too intoxicated at the time to give a statement, which according to police is normal protocol.

Elizabeth Popowich with the Regina Police Service explained that the 28-year-old was later released with information to contact officers, but hasn’t yet returned to file a complaint.

“At this stage it doesn’t appear that she was in that house against her will, or it doesn’t appear that she was held against her will, but we do know that something happened.”

The Facebook post questioned officers’ response on the morning, but Yasinowski said neighbors are really just looking for answers.

“That’s quite shocking to witness and go through something like that,” she explained. “Having ladies show up at your doorstep, bloodied and battered, I don’t want that to happen again.”

Popowich stressed that the post lacks many facts and says residents should remember that just because you don’t see officers in action, doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

“There’s also a lot of emotion and speculation and it’s invited a lot of similar response, and that’s concerning to us because it doesn’t have all the information.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing and residents are warned not to take any vigilante actions.

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