13 February 2008

Attempted Sexual Assault in Dartmouth

As always, I'm going to rail at the headline. In university professors always tell you not to use a passive tense, yet the media does an awful lot of it. "Man Assaults Women in Dawn Attack" would be more accurate: it makes the attacker visible and it has an active voice. It's amazing how many women are groped, but there seems to be a paucity of males groping, the headlines would have us believe. There's probably also a lot of people wondering why she was out alone at such an hour, when she should have been aware that there's drunken balaclava-wearing males roaming the streets.

Woman groped in dawn attack Wed. Feb 13 - 5:32 AM
A woman who was getting into her car to go to work early Tuesday was sexually assaulted by a masked man on Dartmouth’s Highfield Park Drive.
Halifax Regional Police said the attacker jumped the 25-year-old woman from behind at 6 a.m. and pushed her to the ground.
He then groped her and tried to remove her clothes, but the woman was able to get away from him and run into her building, police said. Her car was parked behind 15 Highfield Park Dr. at the time of the attack.
The suspect is white, 5-9 and has a medium build. He had a deep voice and seemed to have liquor on his breath. He had grey facial hair and was also wearing a balaclava, dark coveralls and black gloves.
The victim didn’t need medical treatment.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 490-5016 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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