Stranger Kidnappings: Rare, But A Threat To Children
According to New South Wales, Australia police reports, an 11-year-old girl, who had been walking to school in the morning, was threatened by a man wielding a knife and forced into his car.
The perpetrator drove to the bushland where he sexually assaulted the girl before releasing her five hours later at a railway station, 1.5 kilometers (about a mile) away from where he had kidnapped her.
Police were contacted when the girl returned home. She was taken to the hospital for medical examination.
According to the victim, the perpetrator wore a hoodie and "had it zipped up over his chin and mouth." Police said this "prevented the young lady from seeing his full description." 9News "Girl, 11, abducted and sexually assaulted in Newcastle" www.9news.com.au (Jun. 13, 2018).
- Accompany small children when they are outdoors.
- Teach teens and older children to stay away from unknown vehicles. If someone asks them to get into a vehicle, they should find a safe adult immediately.
- Teach older children the importance of staying together and the safety of groups.
- Children should play in areas like backyards or where fences are in place.
- If a stranger approaches a child in the public, the child should avoid engaging the stranger and always continue walking. Safety is more important than manners.
- Teach teens and older children to use their voices and bodies to get away when someone is physically threatening. Explain that yelling "NO! STOP!" can get the attention of people who can help.
- Explore the option of age-appropriate self-defense training.
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