A viral photo shows a woman who was allegedly raped at the park at the time of the Melbourne Cup final has become a rallying point for women in the region.
The image, posted on Instagram, shows a man and a woman in a park near the Melbourne Cricket Ground with their mouths agape.
In the image, the man is wearing a white T-shirt and the woman is wearing shorts and a top with the words “I’m just a woman”.
The man has been identified as a 29-year-old man from Sydney’s west, who has not been named.
“I’ve got to be honest, the first few hours were really weird,” Ms Stoddart said.
“You don’t really know what’s going on, you’re trying to be calm, you don’t know what is happening.”
But then after about an hour, you just think you’re in the middle of a great thing.
“Ms Stoddard said the incident happened on December 9, 2017, at the Melbourne Inn at the Old North End.”
It was a really good time, it was a great night and then one of the guys from the club comes over and says, ‘I’ve just seen a girl in a pub,'” she said.’
The worst thing ever’She says she was in shock, but did not believe the man was telling the truth.”
That’s when the next thing that happened was, he was coming over and saying he’d just seen her in a bar,” she said, adding that she believed he had been drinking.
Ms Stodart said she called the police, but they told her to get away.”
When I was driving home, I got a call from the police and they said they were looking for him and that they were investigating the matter and it was not an appropriate time to get involved.
“The woman who posted the photo is now working as a receptionist for the Melbourne City Council, but Ms Stodard said she wanted to get the story out there.”
The worst part is that it’s been really hard for us and it’s made us really anxious for a while,” she added.”
We want people to know that it was really bad.
“The council has been contacted for comment.
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