I’m nervous. One evening at the end of April 2022, a young woman took a shortcut through the alleys between Idegemplein, Bareelstraat and Ninoofsestraat. In one of those alleys, she was assaulted and raped. We learned this from a reliable source. The judicial investigation is still ongoing. We asked the police of Geraardsbergen/Lierde for more information, but given ‘the sensitive subject is not communicated’. They confirm to the public prosecutor of East Flanders that an investigation is underway, but they cannot provide any information as long as this investigation is ongoing.
We contacted the family and asked if the victim would like to come forward with this story. The family prefers not to do this and only communicates with the police. The editors therefore only limit themselves to these general facts in order to respect the integrity of the victim. On the other hand, our readership has a right to information and we present the general facts.