November 29, 2021

Laure Beccuau, new Paris prosecutor, announces the opening of an investigation into sexual violence

In some cases, victims say they were unwittingly drugged with GHB poured into their glass.

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From a movement on social networks to a judicial inquiry. Laure Beccuau, who became the first woman to head the Paris prosecutor’s office last month, announced on Wednesday November 17 at the microphone of RTL radio, the opening of an investigation into sexual violence linked to nightclubs in the capital.

In the wake of a movement born in Belgium, women have been testifying for several weeks on social networks of sexual violence suffered in bars or nightclubs in the capital with the hashtag #BalanceTonBar. In some cases, victims say they were unwittingly drugged with GHB poured into their glass.

“A number of complaints have been received at the prosecution”, confirmed the prosecutor, who added that nine complaints had been registered by his services. According to RTL, all these cases are concentrated in the Pigalle district. “We started these investigations since November 8, so it’s really quite recent. What we are in the process of accomplishing are all the toxicological analyzes of the complainants in order to find out if they were indeed victims of what was happening. ‘we call’ the administration of substances without consent ‘. This means that the perpetrators can incur very significant penalties. “, continued the magistrate.

These investigations are currently entrusted to the police stations of the sectors concerned, “but it is not excluded that the judicial police services, if the phenomenon develops, be seized quickly”, underlined Laure Beccuau. The Paris prosecutor insists by then on “prevention”. “Beware of these substances that can be introduced without your knowledge into your glasses”, she insisted.