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In August 2000 a gang of rapists lured 12 victims from train
stations and via the internet in a series of planned attacks. One
16-year-old was staked to the ground by a dozen men and raped
repeatedly. Another young teenager was assaulted by 14 men up to 25
times at three different locations.
In 2002 the ringleader of the rapists was sentenced to 55 years for his part in the gang rapes, making headlines across Australia and internationally. After appealing the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal reduced Skaf's 55 year sentence to a maximum of 38 years, with parole available after 32 years. Apart from the acts of violence, the rape cases caused volatile debate about race and religion in Australia. The rapists were Lebanese Muslims and, in several cases the men used racial slurs, calling their victims 'Aussie bushpigs' and telling them they should try it 'Leb style'. The cases focused attention on the whole idea of multiculturalism and what it means to be Australian and they split the Muslim/Christian communities of western Sydney.
This book will tell the full story of each of the cases - beginning with the first rape which occurred just as Sydney was dressing up for the 2000 Olympics. It will cover the police investigations, the crucial role of an Arabic speaking, Muslim police officer who first discovered a link between the attacks, the stories of the women and their vindication after the massive jail sentences delivered in court, and the thinking of men and women in the Muslim community so wounded by the actions of its 14 sons.
About The Author
Cindy Wockner has been a journalist for more than 22 years and is a leading writer on crime and legal issues and an authority on Indonesia, where she has been based for the past five years. Her reporting career has taken her from the Courier-Mail in Brisbane to the press gallery in Canberra and then to the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, where as Legal Affairs Editor, Cindy lead the paper's coverage of the 2000 western Sydney gang rapes which shocked the nation. Cindy's coverage of the rapes earned her awards for her outstanding reporting and resulted in an inquiry, which highlighted flaws in the system and brought about changes in the way rape victims are treated. She became a recognised national authority on the issue, commenting on radio and television as well as in the newspaper. During this time, Cindy got to know the young women who endured and survived the attacks along with their families and, inspired by their courage, became passionate about telling the full story as a tribute to the young women and the families who stood beside them. Cindy was sent to Indonesia in 2002 to cover the Bali nightclub bombings and five years ago moved there to live. During this time she has become a leading authority on many of the events which have unfolded in the country in that time and her newspaper stories and electronic commentary have lead the debate. Cindy covered the Australian Embassy bombing, the devastating tsunami in Aceh, the arrest and trial of Schapelle Corby, the arrest and trials of the Bali Nine and the second Bali bombing and Marriott Hotel bombings, along with the ongoing political events as Indonesia emerges into a fully fledged democracy. In 2006 Cindy, with co-author Madonna King, wrote a book about the Bali Nine, 'One-way Ticket', telling the untold story of the nine young Australians who risked their lives as heroin couriers and who are now languishing in a Bali jail. (The book's second edition was called Bali 9 The Untold Story) Cindy is a Murdoch University graduate. She currently lives in Jakarta along with her partner and son.
This book reads like a crime novel and, like the best components of crime writing, it is almost impossible to put down. But unlike crime fiction, this is a story that will stay with you for a long time.
In August 2000, a gang of rapists lured 12 victims from train stations in a series of planned attacks, with some of the young women being assaulted by more than a dozen men. In 2002, the ringleader was sentenced to 55 years (which was then subsequently reduced). The cases caused a volatile debate about race and religion.
This book covers the police investigations, the role of one crucial Arabic speaking Muslim police officer, the stories of the women themselves, and the thinking of the Muslim community so wounded by the actions of a few of its sons.
Here for the first time are the accounts of the brutal attacks on these young girls told in a matter-of-fact, non-sensationalised way. Reading it will incense you, and make you realise that as much as there is good in the world, there is also evil.
Published: 1st July 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.400
Weight (kg): 0.374