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Canberra’s Little Girls 3 v. Abductors 0

By johnboy 5 April 2009 74

[First filed: April 03, 2009 @ 17:08]

[First filed: April 03, 2009 @ 12:23]

ACT Policing warns us of a third abduction attempt in the last week:

    ACT Policing is investigating an attempted abduction from Knoke Avenue, Gordon around 9.10am today (April 3).

    A 10-year-old girl was walking to school when she was approached by a male who offered to give her a lift. The victim refused and was then grabbed by the wrist and dragged toward a vehicle by the male who is described as approximately 5’9” (175cm) tall, with black hair, dark skin and driving a light blue vehicle similar to a Mitsubishi Mirage.

    The victim escaped by kicking the offender in the shins and running to her school.

    This is the third incident where a young person has been grabbed by a stranger in Canberra this week.

    Police would urge members of the public to be vigilant and report all suspicious behavior to police, on 131-444 or if not urgent contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    A face-fit of the offender will be prepared and distributed as soon as possible.

UPDATED: The media unit has announced the release of a facefit but not actually included the facefit in their announcement (as of 17:09).

666 radio reports are suggesting this one could be related to the original Conder incident, which at least means only the one predator down south rather than two.

Further Update: The facefit is finally online.

For those of you wittering “what is the world coming to” I’d suggest this:

The world has come to a place where 12 year old girls are empowered enough to stand up for themselves and kick these bastards in the shins. In the so-called “good old days” they just disapeared. For those of you critical of my headline here’s the point. This isn’t a one off lucky escape, this is a winning streak. Now we just need an arrest, a prosecution, and a healthy sentence.

It kicks the arse out of the old “ignorance is bliss and suffer in silence” era.

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FC 3:22 pm 06 Apr 09

Ruby Wednesday said :

And for the sentence when the sick son of a b.tch is caught, well lets just hope the new prision has the same tolerance for child molesters as we hear about on TV

Let’s hope not. Terms of imprisonment are meant to be punishment, not ‘revenge’. Sexual assault against anyone should not be acceptable to our society, prisoner or not.

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FC 3:21 pm 06 Apr 09

SkipDaRoo said :

I agree with bits of everyone, I know the odds of it happening to your children are slim, but that chance no matter what is so sickening.

And for the sentence when the sick son of a b.tch is caught, well lets just hope the new prision has the same tolerance for child molesters as we hear about on TV

Well if the guy does get caught he is not going to be getting charged with child molestation is he.
Unless of course he is arrested for a different case. At this stage it looks like attempted abduction. Which isn’t likely to get a big sentence.

MsCheeky 11:57 am 06 Apr 09

I heard a radio report on 666 a couple of weeks ago, before these reported incidents, of a similar incident in Jerrabomberra – some guy trying to grab a young girl off the street. However, heard nothing about it since.

I understand parents feeling scared at the thought of child abduction, but it is pretty unlikely. Walking buses are great. It would be a shame if kids stopped walking to school because of a perceived but unlikely threat.

Peachy 10:14 pm 05 Apr 09

As Pommy Bastard and Clown Killer have touched on, there’s no point going on and on about stranger danger if a friend of the family has decided that your child is ‘special’ and should therefore share a ‘special secret’. I’ve heard several rape and sexual assault stories from friends over the years and it was always someone they knew, a family friend, a babysitter or, when they’re older, a first boyfriend etc.

Clown Killer 5:36 pm 05 Apr 09

… I know the odds of it happening to your children are slim, but that chance no matter what is so sickening.

Your chances of winning to lottery only improve marginally when you buy a ticket, but that doesn’t stop people from buying them. Parents are still going to be extra vigilant even though the probability of an attack is still low.

Whilst the sad reality is that our children are at far greater risk of being molested by a family member or someone close to the family – it seems that the threat of violence from a complete stranger is still a more potent fear.

Psygorian 4:41 pm 05 Apr 09

I think that as a society that values our children, we should all prove it. As adults we should all let these rockspiders know that if they want to mess with our young people, they will have to deal with us as well. Police cannot be everywhere, but at all times of the day we all are. Be proactive about this. Send the message to these vermin that we will find you and identify you. I was raped in my younger days and had no one to help or protect me. Those memories have stayed with me all of my life, and I will be damned if I would stand around and let it happen to any other child. If you are one of these animals reading this thinking you are so smart by not being caught, know this – you better pray that the police get you before me or my friends do. There is a difference between the Law and Justice. I am the Justice type that will protect those that cant protect themselves.

Ruby Wednesday 3:49 pm 05 Apr 09

And for the sentence when the sick son of a b.tch is caught, well lets just hope the new prision has the same tolerance for child molesters as we hear about on TV

Let’s hope not. Terms of imprisonment are meant to be punishment, not ‘revenge’. Sexual assault against anyone should not be acceptable to our society, prisoner or not.

Postalgeek 11:31 am 05 Apr 09

TAD said :

=This is just like the drink spiking campaigns from a few years ago. Did anyone notice the massive drop in reported drink spinking incidents the moment the police and media stopped their education campaigns.

My friend still swears her thirteenth drink was spiked

SkipDaRoo 1:26 am 05 Apr 09

I agree with bits of everyone, I know the odds of it happening to your children are slim, but that chance no matter what is so sickening.

And for the sentence when the sick son of a b.tch is caught, well lets just hope the new prision has the same tolerance for child molesters as we hear about on TV

grunge_hippy 9:38 pm 04 Apr 09

my sister in law lives not 200m from the last abduction attempt, and the police were door knocking within an hour of it happening. worrying is she asked my 6 year old nephew if a man approached him and asked him to get into his car he said he would because it was nice of the man to offer a lift. we need to go back to telling kids about stranger danger and that not everyone is a nice person.

the first attempt did actually happen because the little girl has the bruises to prove it. (i know someone who knows the victim)

lets hope they catch the dodgy bastard!

Adza 9:26 pm 04 Apr 09

But he’s relying on the descriptions from 2 girls 10 and 11 years old?

As I said, I’m not saying he’s wrong, but to think that 2 kids would come up with exactly the same description is pushing it. I guarantee 2 adults will give different descriptions of the same person.

Honestly, I really hope that it isn’t happening and that TAD is right, I just think it’s not right to assume at this stage that’s all.

Deckard 8:51 pm 04 Apr 09

I have the funny feeling that TAD is correct on this one.

But better to be safe than sorry I guess.

TAD 8:12 pm 04 Apr 09

Caution is great, got no problem with that. But from the comments I read earlier god help anyone who actually looked like one of the facefits.

You don’t find it interesting that last week we had no attempted abductions but this weeks there were three distinctly different child abductors busy? (not to mention a fourth today at Gungahlin that may or may not become the subject of a media release)

http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au/unsolvedcrimes_details.aspx?CrimeId=769

http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au/unsolvedcrimes_details.aspx?CrimeId=768

http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au/unsolvedcrimes_details.aspx?CrimeId=765

Adza 8:04 pm 04 Apr 09

TAD – I’m not saying it did nor am I saying it didn’t happen. But to assume it didn’t is a little naive.

Give them the benefit of the doubt. If it was happening and you didn’t believe the girl that told you, how would you feel if you later found out she was telling the truth.

Just because the Goulburn one “may not have happened” does not mean these ones didn’t.

Besides, its a great reminder to tell kids about stranger danger, regardless of the facts.

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