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13 year old girl assaulted on Mount Ainslie

By 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 9:18 am 18 Jan 12

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

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!

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