Vancouver police are being accused of blaming the victim for issuing a warning for women to be more aware of their personal safety after a spike in sexual assaults.

Summer Rain Bentham, crisis counsellor at Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, said instead of focusing “on constricting women’s behaviour” police should double efforts to make men criminally accountable.

Const. Jana McGuinness said sex assaults go up in the summer when more people are out because they are crimes of opportunity.