Warning: this post deals with rape and may be triggering for some readers.
There were banners and painted faces and women and men and children were dressed up in costumes and carrying placards. The march for International Women’s Day in Sydney’s Hyde Park earlier this month was a show of solidarity thrilling enough to give you goosebumps.
Three suburbs over and a 15-year-old Cranbrook School student, who allegedly raped an unconscious 15-year-old schoolgirl at a party in Bellevue Hill in Sydney the weekend before, was probably doing his homework and browsing Netflix and scrolling through Instagram.
The rape was allegedly filmed and shared on social media by another 15-year-old who attends Rose Bay Secondary College. On Monday, he faced the Children’s Court (yes, the Children’s Court) and pleaded not guilty to charges of filming a young person committing a sexual act on another young person without their consent, as well as producing child abuse material on his mobile phone and distributing it on social media.
She is 15 years old, and also goes to school in the Eastern Suburbs. She was probably feeling that excitement you feel when you're preparing for an event and picturing how the night might unfold. It was a Saturday night, March 4, and the party was in Bellevue Hill.
She might have bought a new outfit for the occasion, had long conversations with her girlfriends about the people who'd be there. The outfits they'd wear. How annoying their maths teacher is, and can you believe the extra homework this year?
By the end of the night this 15-year-old girl was unconscious and, as she lay passed out, the Cranbrook boy allegedly raped her while the Rose Bay boy allegedly filmed it. She didn't realise she'd been assaulted until she saw the footage online.