Woman assaulted on the ANU campus

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ACT Policing is reminding the Canberra community to remain vigilant after an assault occurred within the Australian National University campus on Tuesday (March 24).

Around 6.30pm, an unknown male approached the female victim in the carpark near the Fulton Muir Building on Daley Road and allegedly assaulted her.

This is the second reported assault within ACT in as many weeks however; at this point there are no links.

Police are urging the community to take precautionary steps to ensure personal safety such as travelling with a friend, staying in well-lit areas and being aware of surroundings. If attacked, make lots of noise and attract attention.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed either of the incidents or who can assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at act.crimestoppers.com.au with any information.

Information can be provided anonymously.

Police remind people they should not report crime information via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Once again, police put the onus on women to be careful, rather than the onus on perpetrators not to attack women.

    Do they think we don’t know this stuff? But sometimes we just want to live our lives and do what we want to do, such as walk across campus in the early evening, without being sexually assaulted.

    All these warnings do is promote the idea that women somehow ‘attract’ attacks, while conveniently forgetting that most attacks against women happen in their own homes, by a current or previous intimate partner. As we have so painfully and tragically seen in Canberra recently.

    Perhaps ACT Policing should also warn women not to get into relationships, or not to be in their own home?

  2. Rather than a standard knee-jerk reaction, perhaps read the actual language. The warning is for the whole community. It is not gender, race, ethnicity, or anything-specific. Everyone should be diligent in protecting themselves. Women and men alike.

    “Police are urging the community to take precautionary steps to ensure personal safety such as travelling with a friend, staying in well-lit areas and being aware of surroundings. If attacked, make lots of noise and attract attention.”

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