Police urge youth to be brave and report sexual crimes

Young people who experience sexual assaults at work are not alone, say Gympie crime prevention officer Llew O’Brien (left), counsellor Sabine Schroeder and Insp Bruce McNab.
Young people who experience sexual assaults at work are not alone, say Gympie crime prevention officer Llew O’Brien (left), counsellor Sabine Schroeder and Insp Bruce McNab. Renee Pilcher

YOUNG Gympie people, including school leavers, are being urged to be brave when it comes to resisting and reporting unwanted sexual advances and assaults in their new work and study environments.

And Gympie police and business people are right behind the move, which also has the support of the sexual violence counselling service at Laurel Place, in Horseshoe Bend.

Gympie District Crime Prevention Co-ordinator Llew O'Brien said sexual assault in the workplace was a problem not often reported in Gympie.

"But we've had a spike recently," he said.

He and Insp Bruce McNab met at Gympie District Office with Laurel Place counsellor Sabine Schroeder, who agreed the problem needed publicity so that young people in difficult situations would not feel alone.

"At this time of year, a lot of young people are transitioning from a fairly closely regulated school environment to a new, less regulated, adult world of work or university study, where they may encounter unwanted sexual advances or, worse, sexual assaults," he said.

"Sexual assault is beyond harassment, which is any unwanted sexual advances. It's more than leering or inappropriate comments and is a criminal matter. Harassment can become a crime if it constitutes stalking".

Insp McNab said sexual assaults involved the normal definitions of assault, including striking, touching or making another person move to avoid unwanted touching.

Snr Cnst O'Brien said police were particularly concerned about vulnerable young females, although males could also be victims.

"We want to warn people that this is not acceptable and we want anyone who could be a victim to come forward," he said.

"Our message to parents is that this is a conversation they need to have with their offspring as they enter a world sometimes marred by sexual coercion, drink spiking and grooming.

"It is a misuse of power and authority," he said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  community, crime, police, sexual assault, work, youth



Local Real Estate

Featured Real Estate
FULLY SELF CONTAINED... $9500.00 From
Cabin $12.5K for 6 x 2.4 x 2.5m fully installed. D.I.Y $9.5k bare ...
FINAL STAGE OF CORAL... FROM $167,000
Residential Land Do not delay, the last remaining stage of Coral Gardens is now ...
POSITION YOURSELF IN... $172,000
Residential Land Lot 107 is a generous 941m2 allotment conveniently located between the coast ...

Featured Jobs

Bundaberg jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
FULLY QUALIFIED... Bundaberg Full Time
Cabinet Maker Bundaberg Full Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Local Jobs

Search for your next job now!
Learn More

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Subscription Sale

Subscribe now for $1 for 14 days.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

Horoscopes

Leo

You don't have to spend too much on a gift, but this may take a little more time in finding something appropriate for the one you love.

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save