What would I have done?

When I first heard the news of yesterday’s daylight rape I wondered why the girl hadn’t sought help. But she did.

A 13-year-old girl pleaded for help from a stranger just minutes before she was dragged into bushes and raped in a daylight attack near a busy road in west Auckland.

Police say the girl approached a woman filling her car at the BP station on Great North Rd, in Waterview, and begged for help, after being followed by a stranger for about a kilometre from Pt Chevalier.

Police want to speak to the motorist after she reportedly told the girl to keep away from the man, before driving off.

My immediate reaction was, if only that woman had done something to help. But could I be sure I’d have done anything more?

I’d like to think so. But that’s easy to say from this safe distance without knowing all the circumstances and with the benefit of hindsight.

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