Edmonton police have partnered with a number of sexual assault special interest groups to raise awareness of a growing problem.

Alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults in the city have increased and the new group, Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (SAVE), is determined to make a difference.

“Consent cannot be given when someone is intoxicated,” said EPS Chief Mike Boyd.

The group includes the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, and AHS’ Sexual Assault Response Team.

In 2009, there was an increase in reports of sexual offences as well as the number of alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults in the city.

“This is happening under circumstances where both the complainant and the suspect have been consuming alcohol,” Boyd said.

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