The Victoria Police Department is seeking the public's help in tracking down a young man whom a teenage girl says sexually assaulted her near a train station in Melbourne in late June.
As reported by 9 News, a 17-year-old female alleges that on June 29 around 11:40 a.m., a Caucasian male sexually assaulted her while she was sitting on a bench near Frankston Railway Station. She says that while she was seated, the man sat down beside her and proceeded to touch her inappropriately. She was able to snap his photograph with her smartphone and turned the image over to both the police and local media outlets.
Officials investigating describe the man as being somewhere between the ages of 25 and 40 years old with short cropped spiky hair. In the picture, the man is staring back at the camera and is wearing a purple shirt with the words "New York" in white lettering written inside a square box. The girl also says he was wearing jeans at the time of the encounter. Other distinctive characteristics of the suspect included his donning yellowish-brown coloured sneakers and his fingernails appeared to be painted.
9 News further reported that detectives have released an image of the man as well and closed circuit surveillance footage provides more details as to what the man looks like. The 17-year-old claims he walked toward Beach Street after she hurriedly took a picture.
Officers investigating the incident are urged to contact the Victoria Police Department if they know the man or if they've seen him. The incident occurred on 29 June and he remains at large.
According to the organisation Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, approximately 17% of women in Australia indicate that they have encountered some form of sexual violence in their lives, meaning sexual assault or threats, four times the rate compared to men (4.3%). Among women with a disability, 25% say they've been affected by sexual violence compared with 6.5% of disabled men. When these incidents occur, they're most likely to have resulted from a former partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or date.