13 year old girl assaulted on Mount Ainslie

johnboy 17 January 2012 32

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to an incident where a 13-year-old girl was grabbed from behind while walking at the back of Mount Ainslie yesterday (Monday, January 16).

About 4.00 pm police were called to attend a horse trail at the back of Northcott Drive in Campbell following a report of a young girl being assaulted.

The 13-year-old was walking along the track with her dog, having entered from Hackett, and was near the dam when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

The man grabbed her around the top of her head and called for another man who was nearby to assist. As the young girl began to yell the first man grabbed her arm. The young girl continued to yell and was able to break free before running away.

A passerby found the young girl lying face down on the ground, in a disoriented state and contacted ACT Policing.

The first man is described as being around 20 years of age, very tall, with a skinny build and blonde hair. He was wearing white runners and a green-coloured shirt.

The second man is described as being around 20 years of age, very tall with possibly brown or blonde hair, wearing white runners and a number of earrings in one ear.

The victim was taken to The Canberra Hospital by ACT Ambulance Service with minor injuries.

Anyone who may have been in the area around 4 pm yesterday and saw two men matching the descriptions or is able to assist police with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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EvanJames EvanJames 12:44 pm 18 Jan 12

Buzz2600 said :

Why can’t a 13yr old walk her dog on a public trail in Canberra without fear of being attacked?… I hope the ploice are fully investigating this and find the perpetrators soon.

Unfortunately, if they do find the two males, you realise that the ACT court will make the girl apologise to them and they’ll be awarded payments to compensate them for the myriad of things that caused them to hang around in bushes assaulting girls, don’t you?

chewy14 chewy14 12:10 pm 18 Jan 12

Buzz,
I don’t know where you live but my parents were careful to warn us about going off into more remote areas by ourselves when I was this young and I’m a male. Nothing to do with being female.

As for the conspiracy theories, it’s probably because in recent years there’s been far more of these type of stories that turned out to be hoaxes or complete fabrications than there have been real attempted abductions (not saying that is the case here).

People are justifiably wary about instantly believing these stories because most of the time there’s more to them.

Buzz2600 Buzz2600 11:54 am 18 Jan 12

Wow … just WOW! I really thought we’d all progressed enough to understood that in a modern civilised society women and girls should be able to walk their dog – or just walk down the street – without fear of being attacked. Yes, we all need to be aware of our surroundings but questioning the victim into why she did certain things is truly victimising the victim here.

I fully realise that people on this forum like to practice their sarcasm/wit while others always seem to want to read some kind of paranoid conspiracy into every story. But Zeital’s comment almosts makes me wonder. A cold chill went down my back when I read comment. Why can’t a 13yr old walk her dog on a public trail in Canberra without fear of being attacked?

I hope the ploice are fully investigating this and find the perpetrators soon.

My heart truly goes out to this girl, I hope she is being taken well cared of and recovers soon. I hope that she realised that she was strong and couragous and will be able to walk in the bush or down the street without being afraid for the rest of her life.

darkmilk darkmilk 11:24 am 18 Jan 12

EvanJames said :

… Strange men jumping out of the bushes is a fashionable fear but uncommon.

That area is within easy walking range from Ainslie village…

EvanJames EvanJames 10:50 am 18 Jan 12

Stevian said :

Perhaps I’m watching to much TV, but I think there is more to this than is being told.

That there was a pair of assailants rather than just one suggest this was planned rather than a crime of opportunity. There have been cases of ‘custodial kidnapping’ in the past, perhaps this case is something akin to that

Yes, there’s something more to this. I will not be surprised to learn that she had some connection to the assailants and that there was something going on. Strange men jumping out of the bushes is a fashionable fear but uncommon.

Either way, it’s rotten and I hope the dog was OK too.

JazzyJess JazzyJess 10:39 am 18 Jan 12

Poor kid. I hope she’s ok. I used to walk our dog alone all the time as a kid. What is wrong with the degenerate scum that attacked her???

Stevian Stevian 10:37 am 18 Jan 12

Perhaps I’m watching to much TV, but I think there is more to this than is being told.

That there was a pair of assailants rather than just one suggest this was planned rather than a crime of opportunity. There have been cases of ‘custodial kidnapping’ in the past, perhaps this case is something akin to that

poetix poetix 10:02 am 18 Jan 12

Gantz said :

Terrible thing to happen – but reading that police report, things don’t add up.
If she had fought and struggled (obviously knowing what the outcome could have been) to get away, why was she found by a passerby face down on the ground?

If you had fought and struggled to get away from attackers, you would keep running to a safe environment, not a short distance away in a vulnerable position like that.

Hope nothing worse has happened!

You are expecting a 13 year old girl to act logically after being attacked by two men. Perhaps she fainted, or went into shock. That would ‘add up’ to me. I don’t know what happened exactly, except that she managed to get away, and further speculation is hardly useful. I hope she makes a full recovery.

DUB DUB 9:28 am 18 Jan 12

Gantz said :

If she had fought and struggled (obviously knowing what the outcome could have been) to get away, why was she found by a passerby face down on the ground?

If you had fought and struggled to get away from attackers, you would keep running to a safe environment, not a short distance away in a vulnerable position like that.

deye deye 9:27 am 18 Jan 12

Gantz said :

Terrible thing to happen – but reading that police report, things don’t add up.
If she had fought and struggled (obviously knowing what the outcome could have been) to get away, why was she found by a passerby face down on the ground?

If you had fought and struggled to get away from attackers, you would keep running to a safe environment, not a short distance away in a vulnerable position like that.

Hope nothing worse has happened!

One possibility is that she was running, looked back to check on where they were, tripped over something and fell then was found.

Dork Dork 9:18 am 18 Jan 12

We got taught a valuable lesson in school: kick em in the nuts and run.

Gantz Gantz 9:11 am 18 Jan 12

Terrible thing to happen – but reading that police report, things don’t add up.
If she had fought and struggled (obviously knowing what the outcome could have been) to get away, why was she found by a passerby face down on the ground?

If you had fought and struggled to get away from attackers, you would keep running to a safe environment, not a short distance away in a vulnerable position like that.

Hope nothing worse has happened!

HenryBG HenryBG 8:48 am 18 Jan 12

p1 said :

I-filed said :

I think it’s OK for parents to let their children head up Mt Ainslie unaccompanied – provided it’s when the track is busy and people will notice them. Only yesterday I kept a vague eye on a kid of about 13 who appeared to be on his own. Ideally of course the kid would have had a friend with him.

Sigh This saddens me a lot. I know I would also keep a casual eye on a lone 13 year old I saw in the bush – I wish I didn’t feel the need. From about 8 I used to roam the scrub in Aranda and on Black Mt for many hours (usually with a friend admittedly) and have never really thought twice about it.

As a child, we were taught one golcen rule was to always go in company. What happens if you’re bitten by a snake? If you’re alone, you could very well die. If you’re with somebody, you will almost certainly not die (unless you do something stupid like try to run home as fast as you can).

It’s actually all about education: we live in such a nanny state that people have backed right off from educating their children properly, and when something goes wrong, there’s always somebody else to blame.

Zeital Zeital 8:29 am 18 Jan 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Zeital said :

This is why young kids shouldn’t go walking around by themselves…… fail spelling

There are countries where women, young and old, are not allowed to walk around by themselves. I f you would like to live in such a society, please move to one.

And we live in one that has people attack 13 year old kids for no good reason
I admit I also used to go out and about by myself as a kid but I always try to go with someone now because of things like this even though I am an adult. I just don’t trust places that are quiet like a track with no one else walking on it ‘if’ I ever had kids I would always have someone go with them it’s just the way it is now

ThatUniStudent ThatUniStudent 10:23 pm 17 Jan 12

Hosinator said :

intaba said :

So true, I can’t believe this girl made herself get attacked. The family should hire someone to walk their dog instead of letting their high-school age kid take on some household responsibility.
PS It’s ‘themselves’.

So it’s her fault that she was the attacked, rather than being the victim she’s somehow provoked this incident.

I think you may have missed the obvious (to some) sarcasm by the poster there.

Ian Ian 10:13 pm 17 Jan 12

Hosinator said :

intaba said :

So true, I can’t believe this girl made herself get attacked. The family should hire someone to walk their dog instead of letting their high-school age kid take on some household responsibility.
PS It’s ‘themselves’.

So it’s her fault that she was the attacked, rather than being the victim she’s somehow provoked this incident.

Hmmm, I think someone’s sarcasm detector is either non-existent or not functioning at the time of reading.

Hosinator Hosinator 9:47 pm 17 Jan 12

intaba said :

So true, I can’t believe this girl made herself get attacked. The family should hire someone to walk their dog instead of letting their high-school age kid take on some household responsibility.
PS It’s ‘themselves’.

So it’s her fault that she was the attacked, rather than being the victim she’s somehow provoked this incident.

breda breda 6:52 pm 17 Jan 12

The fact that someone tried to grab a kid in at one time out of 24 hours in Sydney, a city of 3 million people, proves nothing about public safety.

Agree with PPs who say that the more people are out and about, the safer we all are.

p1 p1 6:50 pm 17 Jan 12

I-filed said :

I think it’s OK for parents to let their children head up Mt Ainslie unaccompanied – provided it’s when the track is busy and people will notice them. Only yesterday I kept a vague eye on a kid of about 13 who appeared to be on his own. Ideally of course the kid would have had a friend with him.

Sigh This saddens me a lot. I know I would also keep a casual eye on a lone 13 year old I saw in the bush – I wish I didn’t feel the need. From about 8 I used to roam the scrub in Aranda and on Black Mt for many hours (usually with a friend admittedly) and have never really thought twice about it.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 6:28 pm 17 Jan 12

I-filed said :

I think it’s OK for parents to let their children head up Mt Ainslie unaccompanied – provided it’s when the track is busy and people will notice them. Only yesterday I kept a vague eye on a kid of about 13 who appeared to be on his own. Ideally of course the kid would have had a friend with him.

Hmm, maybe he did, she was walking her dog.

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