Treasure Valley Man Jailed After Sexual Assault
A 30-year-old Treasure Valley man is behind bars tonight after he was accused of assaulting a realtor who was alone with him showing a home in Meridian on Wednesday. This is what we know.
Ertan Ikic is facing charges of one count of battery with intent to commit a serious felony and another count of false imprisonment. Ikic was arrest this morning after the realtor who showed him a home in Meridian at the 2000 block of Summerbrooke Avenue reported he made crude and sexual comments towards her during the showing. He then forced himself on her and slid his hands down the front and back end of her clothing. This was not a consensual experience. The victim pushed him off and he then blocked her way out of the home. She was finally able to make her way around Ikic and reported the incident to her employer who called Meridian Police. If convicted Ikic faces up to 20 years in prison.
Sexual Assaults in Idaho are on the rise within the last few years. For victims, there are people who are here to help. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence or idvsa offers counseling and support groups.
The mission of the I.D.V.S.A is to create a voice for victims who are afraid to speak out. They are the voice for the voiceless. They are a non-profit organization that believes in changing the social climate when it comes to sexual assault. The mission statement of what they believe is pretty amazing. Inclusive and Diverse, Catalytic Collaboration, Violence is Preventable, Capacity Building, and Social Change. To find out more and to contact someone to talk to if you are a victim of sexual and or domestic violence please reach out at idvsa.org or call (208) 384-0419