With files from Kyle Benning
A woman is recovering in hospital after allegations that she was attacked by a man at UBC on Tuesday, say police, who have yet to confirm that an attack has taken place.
University RCMP officers were called to a student building at the 2500 block of West Mall after hearing reports a male suspect was being held down awaiting police.
RCMP spokesperson Sergeant Annie Linteau says it’s early in the investigation.
“We’re in the preliminary stages of our investigation, but it appears that the male was apprehended by another male following the alleged assault.”
She is suffering non-life threatening injuries and police have the man in custody.
“We can confirm however that the suspect is in custody and the public is currently not at risk.”
We will have more details as they become available.
Calling for enhanced safety precautions moving forward
A spokeswoman for a women’s safety group says UBC need to do more to protect female students.
Hilla Kerner, from Vancouver’s Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, says women shouldn’t feel vulnerable on University grounds or anywhere else for that matter.
“It’s really shocking that attackers have that nerve to attack women in the middle of the day. We have to mobilize and put serious pressure on UBC. Campus should be a safe place for women. It’s not for women to find the solution, it’s for the campus and for the UBC authorities to find the solution.”
Kerner is calling for more lighting and free transport on campus, providing a saver environment for female students.
“These are the main things that we need in a public space, but also a clear message that when there are attacks that police will be very diligent and investigate seriously. When there is an attack on one woman, it’s a way to keep all women hostage, so it’s very important to respond to any attack very, very diligently.”
This particular attack has not been reported as sexually motivated at this time; however, UBC was in the news last month when a report called for the university to undertake changes over how it responds to sexual assault.