On Aug. 12, Gwinnett Police were dispatched to a home in Snellville in reference to a crime against a child. They were met by a fifteen-year-old girl who claimed that her neighbor had sexually molested her, according to the police report.
The victim told police that she and her neighbor, Robin Patrician Ouimette, 46, spoke frequently in her carport. Around 11 p.m. on Aug. 11, Ouimette called the victim and asked her to come outside to see him. She went out and spoke with him, when he asked her to smoke marijuana. She refused, but he attempted to blow the smoke in her mouth to get her "stoned."
He then lured her to a shed behind the house, but she stated that she was tired and needed to go to bed. Her brother then came out and told her to go inside. She told police she could smell alcohol on Ouimette, and that he was "almost always drinking." However, she claimed she had never seen him that drunk before.
Again, Ouimette called her once she went inside. She initially refused to go, but he said he was right outside of her home and just wanted to speak with her. When she met with him this time, he sexually assaulted her.
Ouimette refused to cooperate with police at first, but later agreed. He stated that he has a heart problem and has been in and out of the hospital lately. He claimed that the victim "is like a daughter to him," and he has attempted to be a father figure to her. He denied any wrongdoing.
The victim was brought to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
On Sept. 28, Ouimette was arrested for aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.
The American Psychological Association lists the following as ways to minimize the risk of sexual abuse.
Teach your children:
- Basic sexual education - a health professional can provide basic sexual education to your children if you feel uncomfortable doing so.
- That sexual advances from adults are wrong.
- To communicate openly - they should feel free to ask questions and talk about their experiences. Make it clear that they should feel free to report abuse to you or any other trusted adult. If you’re concerned about possible sexual abuse, ask questions.
- The difference between good secrets (those that are not kept secret for long) and bad secrets (those that must stay secret forever).
- The difference between “okay” and “not okay” touches.
- Accurate names for their private parts and how to take care of them (i.e., bathing, wiping after bathroom use) so they don’t have to rely on adults or older children for help.
- That adults and older children never need help with their own private parts.
- That they can make decisions about their own bodies and say “no” when they do not want to be touched or do not want to touch others (even refusing to give hugs).