Knife Wielding Man Sexually Assaults Woman At Gros Islet

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A knife wielding man accosted and sexually assaulted a lone woman Sunday morning at Beausejour, Gros Islet, reports from the community say.

The woman is reported to have been on a morning walk when she was dragged into a bushy area and assaulted.

According to information, the woman, who appeared to be in her late fifties to early sixties, sought the assistance of residents after the attack and they summoned the police.

An ambulance later took the victim to hospital.

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“My heart grieves for that person,” says the President of the Beausejour Community Group, Jim Joseph while condemning the attack.

“I just can’t imagine how traumatised that person would be,” Joseph told St Lucia Times when contacted about the incident.

He declared that it was sad to know that in a small country like Saint Lucia, people do not feel free to walk as a form of exercise and fall victim to others who harbour ill will.

However, he observed that Sunday’s incident is not isolated.

“We’ve had repeated incidents like this,” Joseph stated.

He recalled having taken to the media in the past on several occasions regarding such occurrences.

Joseph noted that his community group has teamed up with the police to provide education campaigns and self defence programmes, as well as letting people know what to do and avoid when walking by themselves.

“Just recently we were in discussion about having another series of programmes,” the President of the Beausejour Community Group explained.

“We have to understand that people who commit those crimes are either not of sound mind, or probably have gotten away with it in the past and they think they can continue doing this without any repercussions,” Joseph told St Lucia Times.

He advised that people should take certain precautions when venturing out to do physical exercise.

They include varying routes,  alerting someone about where they are going and the expected time of return, walking in pairs and having a means of defence in the event of attack, such as a stick.

“We also ask persons to be vigilant – keep looking around you and if you see someone approaching you either alter your pace, go to the opposite side of the road, stop, allow the person to pass etc,” Joseph said.

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