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A young mother has revealed she was sexually assaulted at her local swimming centre as she held her two-year-old daughter.

Cassandra Sunners, 26, was allegedly assaulted at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre as she spent time in the whirlpool with her two children, aged two and seven.

The fast pace of the water meant it was easy to bump into one of the other swimmers swirling around in the whirlpool.

But the alleged attack was no accidental bump, the Western Sydney mother told Daily Mail Australia.

She claims as drifted through the water with her daughter, she felt a hand ‘grab her from behind’.

Then the hands allegedly forced their way beneath her swimmers.

‘It took three to five seconds for a disgusting vile man to make me a victim,’ Mrs Sunners told Daily Mail Australia.

A Sydney Olympic Park Authority spokesperson confirmed the incident had happened but could not provide any further details.

‘The offender has been taken into custody and it is now a police matter,’ she said.

At first she thought the person grabbing at her was her young son who was swimming independently nearby.

But instead she locked eyes with her alleged attacker. ‘I turned around and looked straight in his eyes. As soon as he made eye contact with me he put his head under water,’ Ms Sunners told Daily Mail Australia.

‘The security personnel at the centre at the time of my attack said: ”You’d be surprised how often this kind of thing happens here and in the whirlpool”,’ she said.

‘Surely these incidents that are occurring specifically in the whirlpool can only happen so many times before something is done or changed?

‘After speaking with life guards, security guards, a police officer and a detective this afternoon, I have been informed by all that I am not the first and the whirlpool is a common place for predators.’

The man who allegedly assaulted the mother-of-two has been charged with assault, indecent assault and act of indecency.

She continues to express her disgust over the situation because she wants to stop other people from becoming victims.

After writing a post about the incident on her personal Facebook page the mother let her friends know she was okay following the attack.

‘I’m okay guys. I have a beautiful supportive family and wonderful friends like you guys. I would rather it be me than some young girl or boy who may have been too afraid to speak up,’ Mrs Sunners said.

She wants to warn other parents of the dangers.
“Please parents, don’t let your children in there. I beg you.”

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  • What disgusting behavior ! Glad this man got caught.

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  • I wonder if he has done it to other women in the past. Maybe the guys talk amongst themselves and more are becoming offenders. There should be signs up and women should be made aware of the risks.

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  • The man is absolutely disgusting. I am glad that the police have taken over.

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  • I’m sorry to say this but I am glad it was you and not some young child. I can’t believe this sort of thing can happen in a public place but I’m glad that you are doing okay and have a wonderful family to be there for you.

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  • Good on you for speaking out – it might help some other innocent person to not get violated. This is a hard thing to do and that’s what these predators prey on.

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  • Seriously? I cannot believe this happens. Certainly an eye-opener and something to be very aware of.

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  • That is beyond sick! I feel so sorry for that woman.

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  • That is absolutely horrendous! That poor woman! What an ordeal :(

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  • Wow, these predators think of all opportunities don’t they! I would never have thought of this as being a ‘risk’. It certainly makes you rethink allowing your kids in there.

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  • Sorry to hear about this assault Cassandra and that while you had your toddler in your arms !! Glad the man who did this to you got charged !

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  • makes me sick – really … go find yourself a prostitute you pervert … how scary for her

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  • I find this part really upsetting and scary at the same time: ”You’d be surprised how often this kind of thing happens here and in the whirlpool”.
    Really? :-(

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  • How disgusting and terrifying, you would think that you’d be safe in a whirlpool at a local swimming centre. Vial man!

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  • what a horrible experience, poor woman!

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  • I’m so sorry for what happened to Cassandra, but so glad she did speak out and had the predator arrested. If this had happened to a child they would have gone into shock. The world is becoming more and more unsafe for everyone.

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