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Predators in Canberra

By paperboy 22 November 2005 0

The Canberra Times has a worthy piece in today’s ‘Times 2’ section about the disappearance in Adelaide nearly 40 years ago of the three Beaumont children.

In a story titled “How our innocence was lost”, reporter Karen Ingram has spoken to several Canberra parents and asked ‘what advice do you give your children about going places without you, and do you worry about them?’.

The problem is that the advice we give our kids is restricted by what we know… and this brings me to my point.

In last Saturday’s Canberra Times, there was a brief story about a 14 year old girl who was the victim of an ‘indecent act’ while waiting for a bus in Kent Street in Hughes.

It happened the previous Saturday.

The Federal Police press release was issued late on Friday afternoon… the best part of six days after the incident.

How many parents in the Hughes area calmly saw off their children to school or the shops or where ever during those six days, unaware that a predator may be in their midst?

Why is it that ACT Policing, as they like to call themselves, hold back so long on publicising these incidents, when an informed community might, not only warn their children, but also be able to help in aprehending the wanted man!

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