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City Sex Attack On Schoolgirls
These two men, seen on surveillance footage leaving
Club 4 Play, are among those wanted for questioning.
A PACK of men filmed a 15-year-old's rape during what
police said was an ``absolutely disgusting'' sex attack
on two schoolgirls in Geelong on Saturday.
Detective Acting Inspector Simon Clemence, from the Sexual
Crimes Squad, said two local 15-year-old girls had been
left traumatised by the five men, who were likely to strike again.
The rape victim has been in shock since the attack and remains
in hospital with internal injuries.
Det Act Insp Clemence said the men had left central Geelong
nightclub Club 4 Play just before midnight when they approached
the girls, who were sitting on the Moorabool St footpath,
outside the St George Bank, between Malop and Little Malop streets.
One of the men grabbed one girl by the arm and pulled her about
30m towards Malop St where he began kissing her against her will.
Meanwhile, two of the other men held the second girl down on the ground
and one of them digitally raped her.
Det Act Insp Clemence said police believed the other two men watched and
took photographs or video footage of the rape with a mobile phone.
"This was an extremely brazen attack on two defenceless young schoolgirls,"
Det Act Insp Clemence said.
"These five males have acted with a pack mentality. They have displayed an
attitude towards women that is absolutely atrocious and with that pack
mentality and that attitude it is highly likely that they would reoffend."
Police yesterday released footage of the men taken by security cameras
inside the nightclub.
Det Act Insp Clemence said the city's security cameras had also been manned
at the time and initially caught the men on film.
But he said the operator had turned the camera to focus on a drunk who was
smashing windows at a nearby 7-Eleven at the same time that the attack was
The girls were too afraid to scream but Det Act Insp Clemence said someone
might have witnessed the attack, as there was a lot of traffic in the area
at the time.
The girls were able to break free after a "couple of minutes" and run away.
They told police they saw the men continue to walk along Moorabool St and
accost two more women who were described as aged in their late teens to
Det Act Insp Clemence said it was believed the women were harassed but not
physically assaulted by the men and asked that they contact police.
The girls told police the men smelt of alcohol and cigarettes and had asked
if they were locals, leading police to suspect the attackers may have been
from out of town.
Det Act Insp said the girls had been at home when they decided to
take a walk on the warm night and were doing nothing wrong.
"They're just good schoolgirls that were sitting outside getting
some fresh air and having a chat and watching the passing parade.
That's all they were doing," he said.
Det Act Insp said using a mobile phone to film the attack showed the
callous nature of the men and that police did not think the footage
had been circulated.
"I think it's very important that they be found because of their
attitude and their demeanour and their gang mentality," he said.
"If they displayed this attitude on this occasion there's nothing
to stop them doing it again."
One of the men was described as about 180cm tall with an olive
complexion and slicked back, dark hair. He was wearing a blue
striped top with light-coloured jeans and light-coloured shoes.
The other man was described as having an olive complexion, spiky
dark hair and wearing a dark-coloured long-sleeved top with a hood,
dark jeans and lightly coloured shoes.
The men were said to be in their early 20s and possibly of Middle
Eastern or Southern European descent.
During a press conference in Melbourne yesterday, Det Act Insp Clemence said
he did not think Geelong had a particular problem with sexual assaults
after a 22-year-old was brutally raped in the city centre in December last year.
"Statistics don't suggest that Geelong is any better or worse than any
other area," he said.
He said Club 4 Play's owner had been "extremely helpful" and club owner Scott
Mackay said he had given police every piece of evidence possible because he
wanted to catch the men who he described as "scum of the earth".
"It's extremely disappointing that we didn't see it and weren't able
to help _ it's a terrible feeling," he said.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact CrimeStoppers - 1800 333 000.
Geelong Advertiser (18-5-2007)
Sexual Assault In City
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was sexually assaulted in the city
centre on Saturday night.
The Sexual Crime Squad are investigating the assault
that a Victoria Police media officer said happened at
11pm and was reported soon after.
The girl was on the corner of Moorabool St and Little
Malop St mall when the attack occurred.
Police yesterday refused to given any further details
until today when they plan to launch a public appeal
Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers.
Geelong Advertiser (14-5-2007)
Leaders Slam Cowardly "Predators"
COMMUNITY leaders have condemned a group of men who sexually
assaulted two teenage girls in Geelong's CBD.
Police yesterday released images of two men wanted for
questioning over the Saturday night attack, which was
filmed by the attackers' friends on mobile phone cameras.
During the horrifying ordeal, one girl was forcibly kissed
by one man, while her 15-year-old friend was held down by
one man and digitally raped by another about 11.50pm.
It is believed that the group also harassed other women as
they walked along Moorabool St.
Chief Inspector Wayne Carson of Geelong police described the attackers as animals.
"We're disgusted at this type of assault occurring in such a
brazen fashion. It certainly demonstrates how some people can be awfully
vulnerable to these types of attacks,"' Chief Insp Carson said.
"I've seen vision of the actions of these cowards prior to and after the
assault and I'm as equally disgusted by their general behaviour in the
street as I am with the assault. It was animal-like and predatory."
Geelong MP Ian Trezise said he was disgusted by the attacks.
"I live literally 200m from the central activities area and I've got
14-year-old and 16-year-old daughters and to know that this has
occurred makes me angry and disgusts me," Mr Trezise said.
"It's appalling and it really does show the need for good security cameras
in the city to make sure we pick these types of people up.''
Geelong Nightlife Association president Darren Holroyd said he was also
appalled by the incident and suggested that more needed to be done to make
our streets safer.
"I just find it amazing that something like that could happen in the doorway
of a shop," Mr Holroyd said.
"This is why we're pushing for the ID scanners rather than a lock in because
if we had the ID scanners we would know exactly who these guys are and where
they live. That's why we'd like to push for funding and assistance to fix the problem,
rather than bandaid the problem."
Deputy mayor John Mitchell said City Hall would continue to work with police to try
and make the streets safer.
"Incidents like that shouldn't happen in our city. Anyone, whether they're 15 or 50,
has the right to feel safe in our city and this sort of behaviour shouldn't
be stood for," Cr Mitchell said.
"We know that isolated incidents will occur but that doesn't mean they should
be accepted. We've done all we can to improve safety in the city and that includes
the police, trying to install extra lighting and all the other things that we need to do."
Geelong Advertiser (18-5-2007)
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School Offers Support To Victims
A GEELONG school is this week coming to grips with news two of its young
students were sexually assaulted at the weekend.
The other students have not been told formally of the shocking events
and whether they find out will depend on how easily gossip spreads and
whether the two victims, should they have the chance, choose to tell their friends.
But the girl's school, who the Geelong Advertiser will not identify,
has pledged to give support to anyone who needs it.
It has already started with the families of the victims, offering
counselling, social work assistance and whatever else is needed.
The secondary school's social worker said the school was informed
about the weekend attack on Monday.
The school already had a full-time welfare team including a social
worker and psychologist, which has been engaged to assist the families in any way they need.
"We offer our support around the school, modifying timetables, when
work is due as well as making sure people are supported here at school," the
social worker said.
"I do home visits after hours and there may be some times where I see a person
every day for a few weeks.
"Sexual assault is about power, so it is important to make sure (the girls) have
the power in making decisions for themselves."
The social worker said the school would work in conjunction with other
agencies and welfare networks involved in the assaults.
But the school had no plans to tell the other students about the attack.
"We work with the young person and would encourage them not to make it
general knowledge around the school," the social worker said.
"The reality is some people cope really well with this sort of thing and
are really supportive, but some aren't.
"But if the girls have very close friends and are happy to share it with
them, then that's up to them."
Geelong Advertiser (18-5-2007)
Mother's Advice To Rape Victims' Families, Just Be There For Them
SOME weeks are tougher than others for Julia and her daughter, Anna.
This week has been especially difficult.
The sleepless nights began Sunday when Anna heard news of the previous
night's sexual assault in Geelong.
It happened not far from where she was brutally raped last December.
When Anna heard the latest news on the radio, she didn't know the details,
but the words `sexual assault' and `Geelong' were enough to make her panic.
Her own rape is never far from her mind and when she thinks of anything
remotely similar happening to someone else, the pain comes flooding back.
Yesterday, Anna's mother cried as she contemplated the thought another
family _ two families _ were going through similar pain.
"I just feel these girls have been violated and if they suffer
any percentage that (Anna) and the rest of us have, well I just don't know,"
Julia said, her voice fading.
"It's very, very sad, it just makes me feel numb."
She apologised when the tears came, as she contemplated the after-effects
of a sexual assault on the victims, their families, friends and entire community.
"I didn't think hearing about this would make me cry, but it has," Julia said.
She said she wanted so much to offer the families some wisdom, some strength
to make what must be a harrowing time easier for them, but she didn't know how.
"As much as I'd like to offer them support, all I can say is just be there to
support their daughters through these events, that's the only thing
you can do," Julia said.
She said some days were easier than others. But when it was tough,
it felt like she was drowning.
When Anna was raped in the early hours of December 1, Geelong
talked of little else for weeks.
Even now the thought of the rape sends a chill down
the spine of the community.
An innocent 22-year-old woman walking down the street after
a night out with friends ended up bloodied and unconscious, violated and changed forever.
It was public, it was brutal and it was here in Geelong.
Names have been changed to protect the identity of those involved.
Geelong Advertiser (18-5-2007)
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