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Just another girls' fright out
April 30, 2012
THEY are the nights out that end in bloodshed - but increasingly it's young women who are the victims.
Four women were hurt in separate incidents in another violent weekend in Sydney, with hospital workers saying they are seeing a marked rise in female assault victims.
In just 24 hours one woman was attacked by teenagers on a train, another was hurt in a brawl, three girls were involved in a fight and one woman punched as she walked down a city street. Dr Gordian Fulde, of St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, said women - particularly those in their 20s - were staying out later, drinking more and often travelling on their own.
"We see the results in the emergency ward," he said.
"Woman are going out more by themselves or just in pairs. They seem to be going to places they wouldn't ordinarily frequent to make social connections."
A 29-year-old woman was taken to St George Hospital after being attacked on a train early on Saturday.
Police said she got into an altercation with a 16-year-old girl. Up to five of the teenager's friends are believed to have become involved in the fracas, with the train eventually met by police at Tempe.
Also, a 24-year-old woman was hurt in a brawl outside a Parramatta hotel on Saturday morning.
A police spokesman said: "It seems a large brawl broke out between a group of men in the street. One was tasered and an officer also hurt. The young female was injured as well."
Shortly after 1am yesterday in Castlereagh St, in Sydney's CBD, a woman was treated before being taken to hospital with minor injuries after a fight broke out between three women.
And just two hours later, a woman was punched in the face as she walked down Victoria St, Darlinghurst. She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital with facial injuries.
Minister for Women Pru Goward said the government had taken steps to put more police on trains at night.
"Woman should feel safe travelling at night. Women should travel in small groups wherever possible."