In 2000, a gang of 14 youths of Lebanese decent aged 17-22 committed a series of rapes against young girls, one as young as 14. These crimes were particularly brutal in that some of the girls were passed around the gang and continually rapped until each of the members were finished. It is said that these victims were chosen because they were Australian. The victims say that they were taunted, beaten and eventually violated because they were “Anglo” and “Australian sluts” and that the perpetrators mentioned this throughout the ordeal.
The perpetrators were eventually caught, tried, convicted and sentenced. Most members were sentenced to serve 18-50 years in jail, far harsher than any one else in a rape case. Some say the brutality of the rapes constituted the severity of the punishment.
Justice was served; issue resolved…or is it?
Why am I bringing this up? Well, I happened to stumble across this website called Woglife
(of which, I’m a participant…and considering my ethnic background, I guess I’d be considered what Aussies call a “wog”) and this event and the reaction to it seemed to be a big issue on there. I guess the country had never really gone through a rape incident that was so severe and, apparently, racially motivated. Some people were commenting that it really changed the national mood of the country and the way many look at certain groups…especially, considering the nature of the crime. A big concern on that forum was the fact that a lot of the Muslim leaders were slow to condemn these attacks. However, some of the Lebanese members of the site (depending on religious affiliation) believed that the Muslims were being unfairly targeted and blamed and that the punishment was much too harsh.
I’d like to hear some comments from the Aussies on this forum. This thread is not meant to imply that Australians are racist of have a lot of race issues, but I’d like to hear your perspective. The “wog” community seems pretty divided, depending on their origin. What about everyone else? Also, where can I find out more information about this case? And was this event as large as people in the wog community proclaim? Does the punishment fit the crime?
Here’s a well-written and, I think, balanced editorial regarding the event and its impact.