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Indecent act on the William Slim Drive bike path

By johnboy 9 January 2013 38

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an act of indecency in McKellar last night (Tuesday, January 8).

Around 8.50pm, a woman was cycling along the bike path adjacent to William Slim Drive when her bike was hit from behind by a male cyclist. She fell to the ground and was dragged into nearby grassland by a man.

A male cyclist riding along the path heard the struggle and stopped to provide assistance to the woman. She was taken to Calvary Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the incident.

The man was last seen riding towards Belconnen on a dark-coloured BMX style bike. He is described as being between 183-190cm (6’ – 6’3”) tall with a solid build.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who saw a man matching the description above riding around the Lake Ginninderra area on a dark-coloured BMX style bike last night to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Grimm 11:32 am 11 Jan 13

Katietonia said :

This isn’t the only place people have discussed this and at least one person on here has questioned why she was out so late, so yeah, I will maintain the rage as long as people keep placing blame assault victims.

Calling it risk minimisation is still putting the blame back on the victim.

Why do you continue to push this point when you are completely and utterly wrong?
Again, nobody is blaming the victim. The perpetrator is entirely responsible for their actions. Nobody should be raping anybody.

Unfortunately the reality is that sickos do rape people. That’s the world we live in. It is in the best interest of everybody to minimise their risk. Unfortunately, part of that is not travelling down dark alleys alone. Not travelling down secluded bike paths alone at night. Not believing the guy that there is free candy in his van.

Again, you can choose to live in a fantasy land where everybody is nice to eachother, or you can be realistic and understand that people do get raped and murdered, and minimise your risk of becoming a victim. Entirely your call.

Treacle 9:48 am 11 Jan 13

A male using the sam MO was arrested, yesterday, in a state in Australia far away from the ACT.

Katietonia 8:49 pm 10 Jan 13

Grimm said :

Jivrashia said :

A person has the right to walk down a busy street alone, after having a few drinks with friends, to head home to her husband that is but only a few hundred meters away, without being killed.

She never made it.

Your call.

Agreed. It’s not victim blaming, it is suggesting risk minimisation.

You SHOULD be able to walk down a dark alley drunk and naked. Doing so is quite risky and best avoided. It’s called common sense, although it is quite poorly named…

Unfortunately we live in a world full of messed up people, and minimising your risk just makes sense.

It’s pretty unfair to suggest that women should stay inside the house after dark to avoid the risk of being raped, and to do otherwise is not showing any common sense. :/

Katietonia 8:48 pm 10 Jan 13

chewy14 said :

Katietonia said :

I can’t believe people are saying things like “why was she out at 8:50pm”.. infuriating, victim blaming mentality. A person should be able to ride a bike at any time of the night without being attacked. I walk my dogs there often and I am not back by 9pm, should I be raped or attacked now, I guess I deserve it!

You know, I’m trying to see anywhere above your post where someone has said “why was she out at 8:50pm”?

Ah they must have all been deleted, you maintain the rage.

This isn’t the only place people have discussed this and at least one person on here has questioned why she was out so late, so yeah, I will maintain the rage as long as people keep placing blame assault victims.

Calling it risk minimisation is still putting the blame back on the victim.

Deckard 7:22 pm 10 Jan 13

8.50 in summer’s not that late. The sun’s only been down half an hour and there’d still be a bit of light in the western sky. Bad things can happen at any time. Wasn’t some girl attacked around Lake G at lunchtime last year?

Martlark 5:06 pm 10 Jan 13

I’ve ridden this path at least 13 thousand times morning and night over the last 22 years. I’ve never seen anything dodgy in all that time. Only once did I have to think quick to avoid injury, and that was when anti kangaroo culling protesters were driving along the path in their 4wd. This incident is entirely the fault of the perp.

Grimm 1:50 pm 10 Jan 13

Jivrashia said :

A person has the right to walk down a busy street alone, after having a few drinks with friends, to head home to her husband that is but only a few hundred meters away, without being killed.

She never made it.

Your call.

Agreed. It’s not victim blaming, it is suggesting risk minimisation.

You SHOULD be able to walk down a dark alley drunk and naked. Doing so is quite risky and best avoided. It’s called common sense, although it is quite poorly named…

Unfortunately we live in a world full of messed up people, and minimising your risk just makes sense.

Jivrashia 1:33 pm 10 Jan 13

Dingoman25 said :

I think it was in reference to #11

I think the posters read something that isn’t there, even in #11.

I said it is a lovely cycling track, but probably not so lovely at 8:50pm.

Not once did I ever mention what the victim should or should not have done.

Dingoman25 12:39 pm 10 Jan 13

chewy14 said :

Katietonia said :

I can’t believe people are saying things like “why was she out at 8:50pm”.. infuriating, victim blaming mentality. A person should be able to ride a bike at any time of the night without being attacked. I walk my dogs there often and I am not back by 9pm, should I be raped or attacked now, I guess I deserve it!

You know, I’m trying to see anywhere above your post where someone has said “why was she out at 8:50pm”?

Ah they must have all been deleted, you maintain the rage.

I think it was in reference to #11

Dingoman25 12:36 pm 10 Jan 13

poetix said :

Well done to the third cyclist who stopped to help the woman.

+1

chewy14 12:03 pm 10 Jan 13

Katietonia said :

I can’t believe people are saying things like “why was she out at 8:50pm”.. infuriating, victim blaming mentality. A person should be able to ride a bike at any time of the night without being attacked. I walk my dogs there often and I am not back by 9pm, should I be raped or attacked now, I guess I deserve it!

You know, I’m trying to see anywhere above your post where someone has said “why was she out at 8:50pm”?

Ah they must have all been deleted, you maintain the rage.

Jivrashia 12:01 pm 10 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

So basically only crime and pedos have a right to be out after dark when it’s cooler in Summer.
Check.

Katietonia said :

A person should be able to ride a bike at any time of the night without being attacked.

A person has the right to walk down a busy street alone, after having a few drinks with friends, to head home to her husband that is but only a few hundred meters away, without being killed.

She never made it.

Your call.

tuco 11:53 am 10 Jan 13

Mr Gillespie said :

Deckard said :

Has anyone seen what type of bike Mr G rides?

That’s funny, the anti-Gillespie trolls here thought I drove a Commodore, when I spoke out about speed cameras.

So now you think I am one of the bike-riders who ride on roads where cars drive?

Anti-Gillespie trolls, get a grip!

OK TEAM AGT, bring it in tight and listen up. We have to stick to the game plan on this one, because I think he has rumbled us. Comic and Gamer Nerd – you organise some Ant-Gillespie screen shots. Pork Hunt, you need to comment on everything. Everything. How Canberran – you keep shaking that tagline. C’mon guys – stick to the strengths in our Anti-Gillespie trolling. Now get out there!

Mr Gillespie 10:26 am 10 Jan 13

Deckard said :

Has anyone seen what type of bike Mr G rides?

That’s funny, the anti-Gillespie trolls here thought I drove a Commodore, when I spoke out about speed cameras.

So now you think I am one of the bike-riders who ride on roads where cars drive?

Anti-Gillespie trolls, get a grip!

Mr Gillespie 10:24 am 10 Jan 13

JimCharles said :

Blimey…I thought acts of indecency were normally along the lines of an old bloke flashing his todger at a bunch of schoolgirls, not knocking a woman off a bike and dragging her into a bush? Isn’t that assault and attempted rape?

Yeah, they throw around all sorts of colourful terms to refer to some OUTRAGEOUS act, usually of a (SHOCK—HORROR!) sexual nature. “Indecent” act. “Indecent” assault. “Sexual” assault. It’s not “rape” anymore.

Whatever happened to calling a spade a spade?

ScienceRules 9:50 am 10 Jan 13

Katietonia said :

I can’t believe people are saying things like “why was she out at 8:50pm”.. infuriating, victim blaming mentality. A person should be able to ride a bike at any time of the night without being attacked. I walk my dogs there often and I am not back by 9pm, should I be raped or attacked now, I guess I deserve it!

+1

Totally agree. This attack is in no way the fault of the victim. It doesn’t matter what time it was, what she was wearing, if she was pretty or not. The fact is she was sexually assaulted by a vicious predator when she should have been riding safely home.

carnardly 9:48 am 10 Jan 13

On Tuesday night after work I left where I was at 10.45 pm and got home at 11.25 pm. I ride home regularly late at night and won’t stop doing it. But i have lights you can see from mars and have a pretty good “looks dodgy” radar. I have had one serious incident in about 30 years. Blame the mongrel who did it, not the victim for being there.

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