Trigger Warning: The story has details of sexual assault that readers will find disturbing
Police in New South Wales, Australia is on a hunt for a man who is believed to have sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl, reports 7News. The crime took place in the province’s Riverina region last year. It has recently come to light. As part of their effort to trace the criminal, police also released a computer-generated image of the man. The investigators have said that the girl was walking along Pine Avenue, Leeton, when she was approached by the man. He then took the girl to a location nearby and sexually assaulted her. It is believed the assault took place during August or September last year, somewhere between 4 to 4.30 pm, on a weekday. Along with the sketch, the police also released some details of the man. He is believed to be in his 20s or 30s and has Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance.
A man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl more than a year ago continues to elude police. Detectives believe the assault took place in Leeton, in the New South Wales Riverina region, between August and September last year. #7NEWS https://t.co/JRxQotalO3— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 27, 2020
The man has brown hair, a wrinkled forehead, and unkempt facial hair. At the time of the assault, he is believed to have worn a grey jumper and black tracksuit pants. Anyone with information about the man has been asked to contact the police as soon as possible.
Recently, we had reported a distressing case of a 14-year-old boy who was charged with sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman in Cairns, Queensland while she was walking on a street. The police said the boy walked up to the woman and grabbed her. There was a struggle between the two during the assault as the woman screamed for help.
Bystanders and passing motorists heard the woman’s cry for help and came to her rescue. The boy was caught after cops reviewed CCTV footage of the alleged offense. Detectives conducted targeted patrols and identified the boy, arresting him, and then charged him with assault with intent to rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault.
According to a large-scale report on sexual violence in Australia in 2018, police recorded as many as 18,300 cases of sexual assault against victims who were aged 15 and over. According to the study done by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, these only included cases reported to the police. Cases of assault of those between 15–19 were higher than other age groups – 455 assaults per 100,000. Overall, the rate of sexual assaults being reported to the authorities was seven times higher for women than men.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released an extensive new report, painting a picture of what is known about sexual violence in Australia.
What it shows is frightening . At 15, young women enter a sexual assault ‘danger zone.’https://t.co/Tm9wllIY68— AWAVA (@AWAVA_women) September 4, 2020
Tanja Kovac, CEO of Gender Equity Victoria, said the cases of assaults were increasing and worsening despite the #MeToo movement and investments in efforts to make behavioral changes in people. “This problem is so deep and intergenerational that we need permanent significant investment to address it. Violence prevention services across Australia will tell you we don’t get that. If we spent the same amount on ending violence that we spend on ending traffic accidents and workplace deaths, we might start to see changes in behavior,” she said. She noted that there is “a gendered bias in the way we address this dangerous behavior which is leading to deaths of women. We’re also particularly concerned about male violence towards women – including journalists, sports stars, politicians – online… Times are changing and we live a lot of our public lives online now.”
She added, “Especially during Covid-19. When women receive rape threats online, or her personal images are published online without her consent, it is sexual assault.”
Patty Kinnersly, CEO of Our Watch, said sexual assault is “devastatingly common in Australia” and added, “It is also a highly gendered issue. As the data consistently shows, what links all forms of violence against women is that they are overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” She went on to say: “We must also challenge some men’s rigid adherence to harmful masculinities – this is the expectation that says men should be strong, stoic, competitive, or aggressive. This rigid adherence often creates attitudes of sexual entitlement and promotes or excuses aggressive behavior and dominance and control over women.”