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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Sexual assaults at Orlando water parks

Mom_waterparks Look out, pervs in the pool! Like we really don't have enough to worry about, now comes news of four sexual assaults on teen girls in the last three weeks at Orlando’s Wet n’ Wild and SeaWorld's Aquatica. The only good news, if you want to call it that, is the girls all quickly alerted authorities and there have been arrests, but still the creepiness is shocking. An Orlando Sentinel review of more than a year's worth of records shows only four sexual-related complaints at the area's water parks.

A spokesman for SeaWorld's Aquatica told the Sentinel the incidents have prompted a security review.

I don't want to be an alarmist, however. Keep in mind that the Orlando area gets 25-million visitors every summer. So four assaults is very, very low. But it is something to talk to your tween and teen girls, who are most often the targets of sexual assaults, usually by drunken 20-somethings who take advantage of a busy park and vacationers letting their guard down.

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:02am]


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