Topic

sexual assault

30 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Area Commander

I was gang-raped at 14 and police did nothing: take rape seriously

***Trigger warning*** 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.

Frankie *
33,018 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders

Take domestic violence seriously in courts

Last night Manchester Crown Court’s Judge Richard Mansell ruled that he would not jail Mustafa Bashir, a man who made his wife drink bleach and, at one point, struck her over her back with a cricket bat saying: "If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead." Judge Mansell concluded she was not vulnerable enough because she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a university degree.The Judge handed out a suspended sentence of 18 months - a punishment which is not enforced unless a further crime is committed during a specified period. What message does this send out to perpetrators of domestic abuse?Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecution at the Crown Prosecution Service needs to take domestic violence seriously. Like Bashir’s partner, I went through hell with my ex, enduring domestic abuse for 18 years. At one point I was shot with a sawn-off shotgun and then beaten. My 16 year old son took his life as a result of this. I also had a network of good friends - does that mean I was not vulnerable enough too? What ignorance by the system.For years I have been saying that judges who deal with these cases don’t fully understand the issue of domestic violence, including the power dynamics of the perpetrator and victim and how it can make you a prisoner in your home - regardless of your network of friends and how intelligent you are.I am actively campaigning in the domestic abuse arena to see that all services listen to the voice of those who have and still are victims/survivors. Sadly we are experts by experience. All Judges should have mandatory domestic abuse training because their lack of knowledge is putting lives at risk, those lives of the vulnerable people.I am calling on the Alison Saunders to agree to meet me, and show that the CPS understands that work needs to be done so that Judge Mansell’s actions are never repeated.

Rachel Williams
159,098 supporters