I was gang-raped at 14 and police did nothing: take rape seriously
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The moment I walked through that door, on some level, I knew I had lost.
I was 14. A friend and I snuck out for what I thought would be a normal teenage party. She took me to a hotel room filled with boys and men. I noticed the absence of other girls. I was brutally gang-raped, drugged, and then raped some more.
I was 14.
I didn’t want to make any sudden movements. I was this scrawny little ballet girl and they were rough with me. I didn’t want to find out what would happen if I made them angry. The next day was agony.
My friend’s mother called the police when she realised we’d snuck out. When the police found us the next day, they yelled at us. It added to my fear, it added to my trauma. In those circumstances, there was absolutely no way I was going to tell them what had happened.
Monday at school, that ‘friend’ told everyone that I’d slept with nine guys in one night.
That evening left me shattered- it changed the trajectory of my entire life. To this day it causes me insurmountable distress. The police dismissed the case without investigating.
When I plucked up the courage to report this, Burwood police were useless. I knew one of the guys involved in the gang rape. I gave his name. The detective scoffed and told me to go away and google him, which’d tell me why it wasn’t worth investigating.
He’s now in prison overseas on death row. I couldn’t stomach food for days when I found out. I want justice: this man knows the other gang-rapists out there, who are walking Australia’s streets scot-free.
These men robbed me of my childhood, my innocence, my health. All without consent. The least the police can do is properly investigate, not dismiss the case after spending less than a day on it.
Burwood police: re-open my case and investigate it thoroughly.
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