Posted on | February 10, 2014 | 17 Comments
Community leaders have warned of possible reprisal attacks by Blacktown’s Pacific Islander community targeting young African-Australian men in the wake of the gang-rape attack on a 14-year-old Islander girl. . . .
Blacktown Uniting Church Reverend Liva Tukutama said it was vital he and other Pacific Islander leaders reached out to African leaders to stop the young men of their communities seeking vengeance.
Meanwhile the victim’s mother says her daughter has been “broken into pieces” after what police described as a “horrendous” sexual assault by up to six men.
With tears welling in her eyes, the mother of the girl said she . . . wanted to kill the attackers who had left her daughter traumatised beyond words.
“I’m feeling angry and disgusted at what’s happened to my daughter and I want to catch those mongrels and kill them,” the girl’s mother said. . . .
[The victim] was reportedly “hanging out” with two friends in Bill Colbourne Reserve, Doonside around 11pm on Saturday night when the trio noticed “five or six” African-Australian men drinking alcohol. . . .
At 11pm that night the teenage girl became the victim of a prolonged gang rape described by Superintendent Gary Merryweather as “horrendous” and “unprovoked”. . . .
The girl’s friend said the men were known drug dealers and that that the third friend in the group had intended to make a purchase. . . .
[Reverend Tukutama] said he could not dismiss “the possibility of negative repercussions” in the community. “It would be like adding fuel to already tense relations between the young Islanders and the Africans,’’ he said.
Mr Tukutama said in times of crisis the church was the first port of call for Pacific Islander families and he was doing everything he could to reach out to the girl’s family to offer support.
Thursday night in Blacktown was “fight night” with as many as 2000 youths congregating in the [central business district], former Blacktown police commander Mark Wright said in 2012, and many gangs were divided along African and Pacific Islander lines. . . .
[L]ocals said they were so used to hearing screams from the littered, dimly lit park where Saturday night’s shocking gang rape took place, they wouldn’t know if an attack was actually taking place.
Resident Elaine Peteolo gave the shocking assessment of Bill Colbourne Park, where graffiti adorns run-down pathways amid smashed beer bottles and drug paraphernalia.
“It’s shocking, we’re so used to hearing screams from the park you wouldn’t know it was an attack,” Mrs Peteolo said.
“There’s always people in there screaming in the middle of the night, we’re so used to hearing screams from the park … I thought gosh, maybe we moved to the wrong area.”
Many of her neighbours said the park was “notorious” for violence.
This is terrible for Australia, but probably even worse for MSNBC, because they can’t find a way to blame it on Republicans.