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Halifax police investigate rape of woman near Dartmouth soccer field

DARTMOUTH - Halifax police are looking for a suspect after a woman was raped about six weeks ago in Dartmouth.

Halifax Regional Police

Police say about 8 p.m. on Sept. 18, a 27-year-old woman was jogging on a path along a soccer field between Mic Mac Boulevard and Crichton Park School when a man grabbed her from behind, forced her into the wooded area beside the path, and raped her.

They say the suspect fled the area using a nearby trail.

The woman came forward to report the rape to police on Saturday.

Police say they’re only now in a position to share this information with the public because they had to make sure the victim was ready to move forward with a police investigation, making sure her “privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered.”

“What has happened to this woman is absolutely horrific, and as part of our trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we respect that the victim needs to come to terms with things, if that’s even possible,” said Halifax police spokesperson Theresa Rath.

“We really consider the victim to be at the centre to make sure that they understand what will happen through the process, including the investigation and the court process if it gets to that stage.”

They ask that anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary in that area on the night of Sept. 18 call police or Crime Stoppers.

The suspect is described as a white man between 25 and 30-years-old, more than 6’ tall with short, brown hair. Police say he had a pierced left ear, and he was wearing dark “nylon wind pants” and a dark top at the time of the assault.

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