On Friday morning, March 14, 2014, a young girl was sexually assaulted on her way to school while she tried to reach her bus stop. “Police are investigating the reported sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl at an apartment complex in the 12400 block of Quivira Road on Friday morning” (www.KMBC.com). Police reported that the assault happened around 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning when the victim was walking toward her school bus stop. Overland Park Police promise to ‘step up’ patrols in the area in an effort to catch this man (www.KMBC.com).
The man is described as being white, in his 20s wearing all black including a hooded sweatshirt. He also wore camouflaged-printed gardening gloves and a surgical mask over his face (Smith and Barr 1).
After the attacker forced the girl into the woods with a knife, the girl got away and immediately reached out for help. This is the reaction we need to teach ALL of our teens who ever endure a sexual assault of any kind: Report the situation immediately and find emotional help from adults whom you trust. ALL pre-teens and teens need to know this information. This child did exactly the right thing!
After she reported the incident, she was taken to a local hospital to get checked out and then reported back to the police to answer additional questions that they had. She said that she did not get a good enough look at her attacker to be able to identify him or tell whether or not she knew him (Smith and Barr 1).
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750.
“Girl Sexually Assaulted Walking To Bus Stop in Overland Park: Police Adding Extra Patrols in the Area.” www.KMBC.com March 14, 2014.
Smith, DeAnn and Barr, Alice. “Girl, 11, Sexually Assaulted Near Overland Park Bus Stop.” www.KCTV5.com March 14, 2014.