Three women a week reporting sex assaults on Northern Rivers

MEET Delilah, Louise and Emily - three Lismore women who know all about the lack of respect some men have for them.

Two have been sexually assaulted.

One has been sexually harassed.

Louise Sykes, 20, Emily Sexton, 19 and Delilah Williams, 20, have strong opinions on the topic of respect shown to women.
Louise Sykes, 20, Emily Sexton, 19 and Delilah Williams, 20, have strong opinions on the topic of respect shown to women.

Each week about three Northern Rivers women go to police to report being sexually assaulted.

Statistics suggest another twelve are probably victims of the same crime but never come forward to name and prosecute their attackers.

Richmond Local Area Commander Supt Bruce Lyons yesterday threw his full support behind Police Commissioner Ken Moroney, who has attacked society's declining moral standards and this week warned men had lost their 'fundamental respect' for women.

"Men need to look at how they treat women at home, in the workplace and in the wider society to ensure their attitudes and behaviour are in line with community expectations and standards of common decency, dignity and respect," Supt Lyons said.

The shocking sexual assault and court conviction statistics show sex crime victims are being let down more than ever.

As the rate of most other crimes is dropping, according to figures released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, sex offences remain static.

"Sexual assault isn't about sex, it's about violence, power and control," said 20-year-old Delilah Williams.

She should know; she said she was sexually assaulted at a party a few years ago.

Delilah said she reported the serious incident to police but now wants to put it behind her.

"Women should be able to walk around at any time of night without fear in a civil society," Delilah said.


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