Like many I read the story of Mr. Aravopoulos in the Herald Sun on Friday June 1st 2012 and was outraged. It is unacceptable that after an assault that took place in 2008 police have failed to prosecute this matter. Mr. Aravopoulos has stood his ground and refused to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for this assault, he wants justice and the broader community should want to see justice for him, I know I do.
Too often individuals and organisations who can afford it buy their way out of trouble but this is often a poor outcome for the community as those who commit these offences go unpunished while the lives of people like Michael Aravopoulos and his family are changed forever in very negative ways.
It is not good enough for any community to say 'we deplore violence' and then allow perpetrators to simply get away with it.
It is time this case was prosecuted and the very courageous Michael Aravopoulos to get his day in court and get his opportunity to stand up to those who assaulted him. Please help send a message to Police Victoria violence is wrong no matter who the perpetrators are. The community should be able to have confidence in the public transport system and those who have the responsibility of assisting those who use it.
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