Schoolgirls sexually harassed in Ra'anana
The city quickly distributed brochures to all schools for parents, saying that police and the city had "raised their alertness."
By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 25, 2007 10:08
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Parents in Ra'anana have gone into a state of "panic" and the city has distributed warning brochures after a man wearing a red motorcycle helmet sexually harassed a group of young girls at an elementary school last week, reports the Hebrew weekly Ha'ir-Tzomet Hasharon.
Parents are fearful of a repeat of last February's horrific incident in which a man raped a 12-year-old boy in the center of the city. Police do not believe that the rapist - who has not yet been caught - is the same man who harassed the girls, but the city is urging caution and parents have begun escorting their children around town once again.
According to the report, and another in the weekly Kol Ra'anan, the helmet-wearing man entered the grounds of the Yavneh elementary school one Saturday, not during school hours, while a youth movement was meeting there. He approached a group of Grade 4 girls in the yard and touched and caressed several of them. The girls told their leaders, who informed parents and the municipality. A neighbor also reportedly saw the helmeted man among the schoolgirls and became suspicious.
The city quickly distributed brochures to all schools for parents, saying that police and the city had "raised their alertness" and urging parents to teach their children to cut off contact immediately with any stranger making requests or offers, and to report any such incidents to the authorities.
A police spokesman said the description of the helmet-wearing man did not match that of February's rapist, but police had nevertheless increased the number of patrols and were doing "everything possible" to ensure the safety of children in the city.