Victoria police appeal after Melbourne woman ‘dangled out of a high-rise window’ in an intimidating alleged rape in Fitzroy

When a 19-year-old woman went to an apartment in Melbourne with an acquaintance in September 1982, she thought they were going to watch football.

It was AFL Grand Final Day and Sharni (not her real name) was on her way with Chris, a friend of her neighbor.

Instead, when they arrived at the high-rise apartment Fitzroy, Chris disappeared and she was left alone with four elderly men, all speaking a different language.

One of the men tried to sexually assault her, and when she protested, two of the men carried her to an open window and dangled her out, threatening to drop her if she did not comply.

She was brought back to the living room and was sexually assaulted by each of the men.

Picture of two men
Police have released photos of two men allegedly involved in a 1982 sex attack in Melbourne. Credit: AAP

The victim told police she tried to maintain eye contact with each of her attackers for as long as possible and get a longer look at each of their faces.

When she was finally left alone, she ran through the front door and down the stairs.

“They are disgusting. I have never forgotten anything,” the victim said Wednesday.

“I have nightmares, I do not know who I am.”

On Wednesday, nearly 40 years after the attack, police released digital composite images of men they want to identify and interview based on Sharni’s detailed description of two of the four men.

This is what the victim looked like at the time of the incident, when she was 19 years old.
This is what the victim looked like at the time of the incident, when she was 19 years old. Credit: 7NEWS

The first is described as being southern European in appearance with a sturdy building.

He was wearing jeans and a green Exacto t-shirt at the time.

The other man is described as Caucasian in appearance with a thin build and green eyes.

He was wearing striped pajama shorts at the time.

The couple was thought to be in their 20s at the time and would now be in their 60s.

Shari said her family does not understand her and she lives like a recluse.
Shari said her family does not understand her and she lives like a recluse. Credit: 7NEWS

Detectives are eager to talk to anyone who recognizes one of the men.

They also appeal to the man known as Chris to step forward and his friend, Sharni’s neighbor, who lived at 216 Rathdowne Street in Carlton, which is now a commercial building.

“We are determined to pursue any path of inquiry so that we can give her the closure she deserves,” Criminal Investigator Tracy Johnston said in a statement.

“Historically sexually abusive cases are incredibly complex, but we know that someone in the community may still be in possession of the information that might just give the police the key to providing justice.”

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