It’s happened again.
A teenager was brutally raped by a gang of boys who filmed the scene on their mobile phones, then sent the footage to school friends, police said yesterday.
Five boys have been charged with aggravated sexual assault of the 17-year-old girl, and distributing a video of the attack.
The homes of the teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were raided by police yesterday and all have been remanded in custody.
Three boys appeared in court and were refused bail. They will reappear on May 31.
The other two face court today.
The police painted a chilling picture of the assault, alleging the victim was fed alcohol until she was blind drunk and then assaulted and mocked by her attackers.
Police allege the girl received a phone call inviting her to a friend’s house in south-west Sydney on January 9.
She arrived at the home in a car at about 11pm with three boys and joined four more boys inside, police say. The group played cards and drank alcohol.
After four quick drinks, she became intoxicated and does not remember the events that followed.
Police say she was taken to a bedroom, where her skirt was hitched up and her underpants removed. One boy then allegedly had sex with her as another filmed the scene. A third boy performed a sex act on her face.
Those who have seen the video said the girl appeared to be heavily intoxicated or drugged as she fought to push the boys off.
While she was being assaulted, other boys could be heard giving encouragement and laughing in the background, police said.
One of the boys appeared to break wind onto the victim, saying “get that into ya”.
The victim is heard screaming when she is slapped on the lower part of her body.
“The video footage of this attack can only be described as harrowing,” said Detective Superintendent Mick Plotecki, the Liverpool Local Area commander.
“As a police officer I am appalled by a sexual attack of this nature and as a father I am horrified,” he said.
Police said the girl was then driven home and dumped outside her house, where her mother found her, incoherent and without her underpants. When she awoke, she said she could not remember the previous night’s events.
Police said that four days after the incident, the boy who allegedly filmed the assault asked the victim to go to a friend’s house and she agreed. At that house the boy took out his phone and showed her the video. She became upset and left.
Police said the girl did not report the incident until last week as she was afraid of the boys.
Police said that in February the video was forwarded to a number of students at the victim’s former private school. School authorities found out and reported it to police at the same time as the girl came forward last week.
Police warned that watching or forwarding the video was an offence and could attract a jail term. They are combing phone records to find those who have forwarded the footage.
In angry scenes outside court yesterday, the grandfather of one of the accused said filming the alleged incident was wrong.
“Stupid, yeah, but they do it, [film] everything, they bash people, they’re used to stupid things. Was she drunk? Prove it,” the man told Channel Seven.
Tell me with a straight face, somebody, that this had nothing to do with pornography and its affect on these boys, and at least one of their grandfathers.
How does a woman even begin to talk about the fact that these boys showed the video to this girl? Apparently believed they had done nothing wrong, let alone criminal, let alone rape. Apparently believed the girl wouldn’t tell authorities. How do we even talk about the fact that to all of these boys, this girl was not even human?