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.
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.
•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
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