Warning: this post deals with issues of sexual assault and bullying and may be distressing for some readers.
Tied to a tree.
With a gang of eight rubbing their buttocks and genitalia against her.
Another male filming the assault.
The young girl, barely a teenager screaming. Terrified. The footage posted online, it goes viral.
Would you be further shocked to know the victim was in year 9?
At an Australian school.
That the incident took place just metres away from a staff room, at recess.
That the males were boys – aged 13 and 14 years old. And that no one so far has been prosecuted.
Lets hope it shocks you because it should. It is just another awful example of cyber bullying taking place in our schools on a regular occurrence.. and shockingly the perpetrators often get away with it.
The young teenager was a student at a school in Adelaide’s western suburbs when the incident took place.
The Advertiser reports that it started when she was tied to a tree by a hose by another girl who had been bullying her.
The victim’s mother told The Advertiser that “My daughter noticed a gang of boys approaching … she began to ask (the girl) to let her free … as the boys drew closer they grabbed the hose and sprinkler.“
By this stage my daughter was screaming and begging (the girl) to untie her; however, the girl chose to laugh at her and do nothing.”
It was then the boys dropped their pants and, while the assault was being filmed, they rubbed their buttocks and penises against the young girl.
According to The Advertiser the incident then went viral, with Facebook posts congratulating the gang of boys – comments like “this was so funny”, “I was laughing so much” and “you guys are legends” posted to the Facebook video.
The girl has since left the school, but continues to be harassed by the gang of boys and one girl, even though the incident is the subject of SA Police and Education Department investigations.