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Police Response To Attack On Young Girl Was Outstanding

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From Women’s Agenda:

I’ve written a number of articles about the way the media and police respond to male violence against women. Too many articles. Too many cases of media and police questioning the behaviour of victims, implicitly or explicitly blaming women for the violence done to them, failing to mention the actions of the perpetrators, or humanising them to the point that it looks like sympathy. It’s sickening, enraging and dangerous.

There are times however, when police not only get it right, they get it SO right. They push back against the public and the media, and slam some truth down for everyone to see.

I’m not going to say much about the crime itself. The victim is only 14 years old, what was done to her was unspeakably evil, and our hearts break for her. Neither she nor her family should be subjected to media commentators rehashing the details.

But anyone who has actively participated in blaming that poor child for the horrific things that were done to her should take note of what Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Walsh, from Victoria Police’s Sexual Crime Squad had to say, as reported in The Age

One of Victoria’s top sexual assault detectives says he is “amazed” that people have questioned the behaviour of a 14-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a group of drunken men on the weekend.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Walsh, from Victoria Police’s Sexual Crime Squad, told Raf Epstein on ABC 774 on Wednesday afternoon that the assault against the girl had been at the violent end of the scale.

“The actual sexual assault, Raf, is of an extremely serious nature and police are very concerned about the allegations and very keen to speak to these four males.”

Epstein read text messages from two ABC callers who questioned why the girl was in a park at 4am.

But Detective Walsh said that was the wrong question.

“I find it amazing, without getting into politics that we question girls and we question their behaviour when we don’t even ask, ‘what’s four blokes out doing, allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl?’

“You know, that’s my take on that sort of question, and I’ve been in this sexual assault field for many years, and I find it amazing that people straight away question females for their actions, and they’re not questioning the males. I mean, what are four males doing allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl? That’s a question I’d ask.”

Special Victims Unit: Female NYPD Officers Reveal Their Most Heartbreaking Stories

Life in the NYPD is something that’s highly regarded in pop culture and also something that’s heavily scrutinized in the media. What it isn’t, though, is an easy feat in terms of mental and physical stability — or longevity. This is especially true for the women detectives.

Note: Some stories in this article may be disturbing to readers, as they involve child abuse, sexual abuse, and graphic violence. Last names have been omitted according to the wishes of the sources and the confidential nature of the information published.

Continue reading Special Victims Unit: Female NYPD Officers Reveal Their Most Heartbreaking Stories

ACT Government Strengthens Child Sex Offender Register

The Australian Capital Territory government is beefing up police powers to monitor child sex offenders, including new powers to force offenders to hand over digital information and be photographed.

Police will also be given the power to publish photos, names and identifying details of child sex offenders if they fail to report to police as required or if they are believed to pose a risk.

The proposed changes were tabled in the ACT Parliament on Thursday by Attorney-General Simon Corbell, who said the new rules were justified to protect children and their families.

Police will be able to apply to include historic offenders on the sex offenders register – a rule that applies to people convicted before the 2005 register was set up. The decision will depend on when the offence was committed, its seriousness, the offender’s age and the risk he or she poses.

Mr Corbell said the government did not support a publicly available child sex offender register. Such moves in the United States had not had a demonstrable impact on re-offending, nor on the type of sexual offences.

Read more in Canberra Times.

If We Want To Help Victims, We Can Start By Helping Police

An alarming increase in reporting of sexual offences has put added pressure on both support services and police.

More than 500 victims across the North East have sought help in the past year alone.

And that figure relates only to new cases, not those that the Centre Against Violence see on an ongoing basis.

The centre’s chief executive Kerry Burns said she believed the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse had prompted more men to come forward seeking help.

Ms Burns said because the most common form of sexual assault was by a friend or family member, it was often the case that people were not aware how often it was happening, creating a false perception that sexual assault doesn’t happen much “around here”.


Read more in Border Mail.

Source: www.bordermail.com.au

Predators Using Crowded Trains, Trams To Hone Their Skills

Sexual predators are using crowded trams and trains to “hone their skills” as offenders, as an increasing number of passengers report attacks while travelling on public transport in Melbourne.

Police said those who expose themselves or rub against passengers on public transport could become emboldened if they are not caught, and escalate their offending to serious sexual assaults and rape.

Trams that travel along St Kilda Road to Carlton through the Domain interchange are some of the worst routes for sex attacks, possibly because large groups of private school girls use these services, according to police.

“These are strangers who are … predators,” Inspector Karl Curran from the Transit and Safety Division said.

“And they target vulnerable people.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Montgomery from Transit CIU said police had spoken to students from schools based near tram routes that pass through the Domain interchange to give them advice about how to stay safe, and the best way to handle an offender.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

New South Wales Police Reveal Albury Assault Did Not Happen, Encourage Victims To Report

Police have closed their investigation into a reported sexual assault in East Albury. Detectives had been investigating the incident since Tuesday night, when a 17-year-old girl reported being approached by three men. 

The investigation has now finalised. However, police were adamant they didn’t want the outcome to dissuade people reporting similar incidents…

Source: www.bordermail.com.au

Full Leicestershire Police Statement: Force ‘Disappointed’

The decision not to prosecute a man suspected of sexually abusing vulnerable children who were resident in Leicestershire care homes in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s has been criticised by Leicestershire Police.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today announced that, despite sufficient evidence gathered over two years, it would not be in the public interest to bring charges against the alleged offender who is now in his 80s.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister of Leicestershire Police, who has overseen the investigation, said he believed the decision was “the wrong one” and it would do little to support and encourage victims of sexual abuse to come forward…

Source: theneedleblog.wordpress.com