Trigger warning: this article discusses graphic sexual assault and may be distressing to some readers.
Most criminals try to destroy evidence of their crimes. But not gang rapists. Nina Funnell explores the motivations behind the disturbing trend of rapists recording their assaults…
Four men and a teenage boy were charged with multiple sexual offenses this week, after NSW police found footage depicting the alleged gang rape of an unconscious 16-year-old girl, shot on a Go-Pro camera, at a party in St Clair in May this year.
The details of the case are disturbing, and but they are far from unique.
In 2002, three California men – including the son of a Sheriff- videotaped themselves anally and vaginally gang raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl, with multiple objects including a lit cigarette, a pool cue, and various bottles. The men, who laughed throughout the attack, were sentenced to six years jail, but were released just two years later. The men argued that their conviction should be overturned because the victim’s “sexual history” was not heard at trial.
In 2006, a group of twelve teenage boys in Melbourne filmed themselves sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl with a developmental disability. They then produced a DVD of the assault, which they sold for $5 a copy under the name “Cunt: the Movie.” The boys, who called themselves the ‘Teenage Kings of Werribee’ also urinated on the girl, set her hair on fire, and threw her belongings into the river.
While some of the boys had convictions recorded against them, they did not serve jail time, and were instead ordered to participate in a program about ‘positive sexuality’. In 2009, one of the offenders uploaded a rap video on his personal website gloating about the fact that he was not jailed and remained unrepentant. It included the lyrics: “I’m still untouched. When her hair got flamed. They didn’t show her nude, when you look on YouTube.”
In 2013, a group of Vanderbilt football players in Tennessee, gang raped and then urinated on an unconscious 21-year-old student in a dorm room, laughing as they filmed and photographed the assault, also sending text messages and images to other men during the rape, bragging about their crime.
Also in 2013, a group of young men in New Zealand calling themselves the ‘Roast Busters’ filmed themselves committing and bragging about multiple alleged gang rapes of intoxicated, under aged girls. The group, which included a police officer’s son bragged on Facebook that “A true roast is where you know you are going there intentionally to roast this female”. Police said they were unable to take action until a victim was “brave enough” to make a formal complaint.