More than 70 survivors of sex assaults at youth jail make statements, hotline launched

Nova Scotia RCMP Major Crimes Unit has launched a confidential hotline as part of an investigation into reports of sexual assault that occurred at the Nova Scotia Youth Centre, commonly referred to as “Waterville,” between the years of 1988 and 2017.

The RCMP’s investigation team has so far taken statements from more than 70 survivors as part of the investigation, known as Operation Headwind. Investigators believe there are more survivors and people in the community who have additional information regarding this investigation and are encouraging them to come forward.

“If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual assault while at Waterville, we want you to know we’re here to support you,” says Cst. Shannon Herbert, Investigator, Operation Headwind. “We offer comprehensive victim services through the Provincial Victim Services program, criminal injuries counselling, and other resources that can assist with recovery.”

Survivors who investigators have not yet spoken with, and anyone with information, are asked to call the confidential Operation Headwind hotline at 902-720-5313; the toll-free number is 1-833-314-3475. The confidential hotline is monitored Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outside of these hours, a confidential voicemail is available. Investigators can also be contacted by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers, toll-free, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.

Source: Release

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