Woman Blasts Police Over Rape Inquiry
A woman who says she was raped and assaulted in Melbourne in December
has slammed the police investigation as arrogant and dismissive.
The woman, 27, who wants to be known as Clare, was leaving the Loft
nightclub in the city on December 11 last year when two youths offered her a lift to her car.
She was instead taken in a taxi, with six men, to the Melbourne
suburb of Bentleigh where she was repeatedly raped.
"I kept trying to jump out (of the taxi) but they held me," Clare said.
"One of the boys put his hand over my mouth and then acted as
though I was his girlfriend . . . he said to the
taxi driver, 'Don't worry, mate. She's with us'."
Clare, a psychiatric nurse, reported the assault to
police the next day, allowing them to collect DNA evidence.
Yesterday, she described their attitude as "dismissive,
negative and judgmental" and said she had not heard from
police for the past six weeks.
Clare said one of the alleged rapists called a friend while
still assaulting her. When she suggested police trace the
call, she was told it was too expensive.
Clare also gave police information about a man who she said
could help identify the alleged rapists.
But she said police initially interviewed the wrong
person, tipping off the other man, who later denied knowing the offenders.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the investigation
was continuing and could take some time.
"They have now put into process a mobile phone tower
search . . . and are making their way through
interviewing people who were at the nightclub that night," the spokeswoman said.
She said police did not agree they had been dismissive.
Clare has since suffered post-traumatic stress
disorder and said the assault had affected her relationship with her husband.
"It was just horrible. All the degrading things they did . . ." she said.
While Clare said police members at a specialised
sexual crimes unit were supportive and caring, she
described the investigating detectives as apparently
uninterested in the crime.
"It seems like there is no point reporting any sexual
crimes as they don't treat it as a real crime.
"I'm sure if I had been murdered they would have found
these people," she said.
Herald Sun (30-4-2005)