Police are investigating after an 11-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted last Wednesday.
A release from the Calgary Police Service states that the girl had been on her way to school with her mother in the community of Cedarbrae when she was approached from behind by a man who allegedly touched her before fleeing.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Cedarwood Rise and Oakfield Drive SW at around 8:50 am on September 18, police state.
While officers circulated the area after responding to the report, they were unable to locate the suspect.
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Police describe him as being “in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5’4″ tall, with a slim build and brown complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie, black sweat pants and grey shoes. The suspect may have arrived and left the area in a silver SUV.”
Police also included the following tips for parents in the release:
- Watch for individuals hanging around places where children frequent who are not with any particular child.
- Accompany young children to school or other places they are going so that they are not alone.
- Supervise young children when they are outside playing so you can see if anyone is interacting with them inappropriately.
- Teach older children to have a buddy with them when they are going somewhere.
- Talk to children about going to safe strangers if an adult makes them feel uncomfortable, such as a teacher, transit driver, police officer, or group of people in a public place like a restaurant.
- Teach your child to trust their instincts and run away from people who make them feel unsafe.
- Tell your child that they should resist, yell or make noise if a person they meet makes them feel unsafe or if a stranger touches them inappropriately.
Anyone with information on the ongoing investigation is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.
Tips can be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by visiting their website.