Police are chasing new clues in the historic case of sexual assault from Fitzroy

Police have released composite images of two men accused of dangling a teenager from the window of a high-rise building in Fitzroy before sexually assaulting her in 1982, in an attempt to clear up the decades-old case.

Police allege that the men, along with two other men in the room, assaulted the then 19-year-old woman from Carlton after she went to their apartment in Fitzroy to watch the AFL’s grand finale on September 25, 1982.

The woman, referred to by police as Sharni, was taken to the apartment by a friend of her neighbor, a man named Chris, who left her alone with the four men in the apartment’s living room after arrival.

She told police that one of the men tried to sexually assault her, and when she protested, two men carried her to an open living room window and dangled her out, threatening to drop her if she did not stop resisting.

She was then brought back to the living room, where she was allegedly sexually assaulted by all four men. When she was finally left alone, she ran through the front door and down the stairs.

The woman, who reported the alleged assault to police in 2019, spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday, revealing that she had had nightmares for almost 40 years.

“I have three people in my head that I live with, and so does my head,” she said.

Detective Acting Inspector Tracy Johnston from the Sexual Offenses Group.

Detective Acting Inspector Tracy Johnston from the Sexual Offenses Group.Credit:Scott McNaughton

“I’ve missed my children’s birthdays, I’ve missed their weddings, I’ve missed their lives, and I do not know who I am.”

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