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Female raped in alley awarded damages in Australia

Here is the link. Victim name withheld. Excerpt.


A former Australian National University student who was raped in an alleyway during a boozy hazing ritual has sued the university college and been awarded damages of $420,000.

The incident happened during a 2015 drinking spree of ANU John XXIII College students, organised by its residents association.

The ‘Pub Golf’ event involved student leaders taping bottles of Passion Pop to the hands of participants, who would have to drink a certain amount to make “par”.

“There seems to be little doubt that the intent of the evening centred on the over consumption of alcohol,” Supreme Court Justice Elkaim said in his judgement on Friday.

By 9:00pm the students were very drunk and college staff ordered them to clear out. They went to several licensed drinking venues. The young law and commerce student was raped in an alleyway alongside the third of these, named Mooseheads.

She woke in her own bed the following day with her jeans and underwear pulled down.

She had no memory of what had happened to her, but 10 days later a close friend heard the offender boasting about his “success” on Pub Golf night.

The woman then went to the man’s room where she taped a conversation in which he said they had sex in the alleyway.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--

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