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Police Investigating Alleged Sexual Assault At Listen Out Festival

Written by Tom Williams on September 24, 2018

Police have revealed they are investigating an alleged sexual assault which took place at the Melbourne leg of Listen Out on Saturday, 22nd September.

Victoria Police say investigators were told a woman was in a mosh pit with her friends at the St Kilda festival around 8pm, when a man she didn’t know started dancing behind her.

The woman tried to move away from the man, but he allegedly grabbed her by the waist, pulled her towards him, grabbed her around the neck and placed his hand inside her clothing.

The woman elbowed the man in the face and left the mosh pit area before finding her friends and calling police.

Victoria Police’s Sexual Crimes Squad is seeking information about the incident and has released a facial composite of a man (below) they’d like to speak with. He is described as Caucasian with ginger-coloured hair.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Yesterday, Victoria Police said it was “pleased” with crowd behaviour at the Melbourne leg of Listen Out, despite a number of drug-related arrests.

Listen Out 2018 took place in Perth on Sunday, 23rd September, but police are yet to comment on crowd behaviour. The festival continues in Sydney and Brisbane next weekend.

Last year, an 18-year-old woman was the victim of an alleged indecent assault at the Sydney leg of Listen Out.

UPDATE: In a statement, Listen Out organisers Fuzzy said:

“A sexual assault has been reported at Listen Out Melbourne last Saturday. We are working with the Victorian Police to identify and catch the offender.

“WARNING: This behaviour is completely unacceptable. At Listen Out this weekend we are targeting any sexual assault using every means at our disposal including CCTV coverage, customer lists, security and police surveillance.

“If you witness something at an event, report it immediately to security or police on site.”

If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732.


Image: Victoria Police

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