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A five-year-old girl has been raped after she accidentally walked into the wrong public toilets in central NSW.

The girl and her mother were at a park on Woodward Road, Orange, when the girl accidentally went into the male public toilet block on Friday.

When the girl’s mother went to get her, the five-year-old told her a man had sexually assaulted her, police say.

Police were called and searched for a 37-year-old man without success until he was found in Moad Street in Orange about 4pm on Saturday.

He was charged with having sex with a child under 10 and was refused bail to face Orange Bail Court on Sunday.

More details to come.

Every two hours in Australia, a child is sexually harmed, according to child protection advocacy group Bravehearts.

1 in 5 children in Australia will be sexually harmed in some way by their 18th birthday. That’s 59,000 Australian children each year.

Recently we shared the story of a Four-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by nine-year-old boy.

We also reported recently on two, YES TWO, stories of school assaults. An intellectually disabled 6 year old primary school girl who was lured into the school toilets and abused by two male students while two others stood guard! And two 12-year-old boys have been charged with raping a 6-year-old girl at a school.


Related stories:

The statistics for child sexual abuse will shock you
School toilets to be put under guard to stop sexual assaults


 

Protecting children from sexual abuse via ACT government

Some great tips to teach our children to be aware and stay safe include,
Make time to talk
Talk about what being safe means and what it feels like
Teach children that their body is theirs
Help your child to make a list of adults they feel safe with

Have clear boundaries for personal privacy in your home so that children learn this is a normal part of life.

This includes:
•respecting a child’s ‘no’ to being touched
•not making them kiss someone if they don’t want to. They might want to shake hands instead
•giving them privacy in the toilet or shower as long as it’s safe.

Safety in public places

Teach children to avoid risks away from home, including:
•not going off alone
•being alert to what’s going on around them
•running to where you are, or to a group of people, if a stranger approaches them.

If they walk to school, make sure they:
•always walk with others
•keep close to fences and away from the road
•go into the nearest shop or front yard of a house if they are scared. If really scared, knock on the door and ask the person to call home but don’t go inside.

If you or someone you know are a victim of sexual abuse please contact Lifeline: 13 11 14

Share your comments below.

Read more:
Six year old sexually abused at recess, cries for mummy went unheard
Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse
Four-year-old girl sexually assaulted by nine-year-old boy

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  • Absolutely sick!

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  • That poor child this shouldn’t happen to anyone! I’m so happy he was caught and cant do this to another person or innocent child.

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  • Despicable, disgusting, vile, all sorts of wrong. That poor child. Thank God she could explain to her Mum so they were able to catch him. Now for justice.

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  • I feel so sorry for the poor little girl and all of the other little kids that have been sexually assaulted in your stories there lives have been ruined god help anyone who ever touched my daughter l would be judge jury and executioner no matter what

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  • Im sorry but who lets their 5 year old go to a public toilet alone. I wouldn\’t let my 5 year old even go into a public female toilet alone. I feel for what this little one has gone through. The parent should face charges as well.

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  • This is very distressing, you really need to place close attention to your child’s whereabouts.

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  • What that poor little girl must be going through is horrendous. I’m wondering why Mum didn’t go with her.

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  • How awful !!
    Sows how important it is not to let our small children go unsupervised to the public toilet.

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  • Terrible thing to have happened – but why did the girls mum let her go alone into the wrong toilet?

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  • I am shocked that her Mum let her going into the toilet unassisted. A guy I know hated taking his little girls shopping with him in case they needed to go to the toilet. What would he do? Let them go into the ladies alone or take them into the mens. Ladies feel unsafe if a man stands outside the ladies’ toilet waiting for his little daughter (even school age) to come out of the toilet outer door.
    There was 2 girls abducted who let go to the toilet alone at the Adelaide Oval quite a few years ago. They have never been found.

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  • Toilets are dangerous places. In the UK middle aged women were raped in train station facilities etc. IN THEIR OWN GENDER toilet. Rapists would lock themselves in other cubicles etc. and then assault. Before using a toilet on your own I learnt (1) you should always check if anyone is hanging around outside or can see you go in – this is good if they are ‘nice’ people about and bad if there are ‘odd/suspicious’ people about; (2) before you go in is there anyone else in there, does anything look suspicious about the block; (3) while you are in the cubicle, you should listen to see if anyone else has come in, are you prepared to run/fight if they have come in. Terrifying but toilets are dangerous in many continents, and Australia is relatively lucky to most of the time be quiet and peaceful. Yes look after children too but also YOURSELF!

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  • This is so scary. Hw can people d ths?

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  • Disgusting! How can a man take advantage of such a little girl and destroy her life this way? :-(

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  • that vile creature, lock him up in general population with a sign around his neck telling everyone what he did

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  • How disgusting, you expect your children to be safe in toilets. I agree though that the parents should have been there making sure she went into the correct toilet and the parents should have been outside the toilet door or inside with her, poor thing!

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