*** trigger warnings for Werribee gang-rape ***
The Herald Sun carried this story yesterday, bylined Anthony Dowsley and Kelvin Healey.
“Werribee sex DVD ringleader’s hate-filled rap song on web” (The title was “Sex bully taunts victim” yesterday.)
And the opening line? [emphasis is mine]
“A TEEN who posted a hate-filled rap about the Werribee sex DVD online has been failed by the system, an expert says.”
[I've now made a transcript of the rap lyrics, which is appended.]
“Sex DVD”? “SEX DVD”?!
The 2006 Werribee gang rapists – a dozen of them – lured a 17-year-old girl with an intellectual disability, raped her, abused her, urinated on her, set her on fire, and kicked her clothes into the river.
They caught the whole thing on tape, and edited it up. They badged it “Cunt The Movie – Pimp My Wife”, with this cover blurb :
“the movie is brought to you by the teenage kings of Werribee. No one messes with us. We only mess with them.”
And this is a “Sex DVD” in the eyes of the mainstream media.
They sold the DVD for $5 around their local community. Excerpts were also on Youtube.
Gack, it’s difficult to even be typing these words out.
The naughtiest boys in this gang were sentenced to 12- and 18-month youth supervision orders. Others received a 12-month probation order. It is reported that they “showed remorse” in court. All were supposed to receive sex offender “counselling”.
So what are they up to now? Here’s one of them [bleeps removed by me]:
In an expletive-riddled diatribe posted on a website under his nickname, the 19-year-old boasts the attack video was viewed more “than the 10 o’clock news“. [...] In the rap, the teen brags of his notoriety and vows to commit more violence.
“I hope it hurts to reminisce when you think about us Werribee kids, all things we did,” he sings.
The teen escaped jail over the crime but attacks “cunning judges“, saying they can all “get fucked”. [...]
The teenager also sings that the gang doesn’t need to be tested “because we proved we’re worthy” and that his “fame will never end”. The song, which refers to the victim by her first name, includes the lyrics: “You’re gunna to love cunt the movie”.
The teen and two other amateur rappers expose themselves as violent racists and boast about bashings.
“I split lips and fuck I hate nips,” is one of the rants. “We’re beyond saving,” they chant. “It’s Werribee until I’m locked up. Why don’t you go and find out what we done.”
Other lyrics suggest the Werribee crew think they are above the law and refer to the sexual assault.
.[...] a “music producer” involved with the rap showed no remorse, saying the victim enjoyed herself during the attack. “She said at court she had a good time that day,” he said. “She was a willing participant that day.
“Sex”. Some people still call this sex. And not just the rapists.
I just don’t know how to fight this aspect of rape culture. At the moment, I’m just going to keep documenting the worst examples I find. Because I can’t document them all.
Around the Traps
- news.com.au is carrying “Werribee DVD ringleader boasts of crime in web rap“, where “sex DVD” has been edited to “sex crime DVD”. But the article still doesn’t contain the word “rape” or “rapist”.
- The Telegraph calls it a “sex attack” throughout. Again, no “rape” or “rapist”. But at least they acknowledge it’s not “sex”.
- Dowsley has reported on this particular crime before, back in 2006. Back then, his article was headlined “Werribee DVD tryst twist”, and the article said that the DVD “showed sexual acts”.
[Edited to add, 13 Apr 2009] Transcript
** Further trigger warnings apply **
I now have a transcript of most of the piece from the creator’s Myspace page. There are two (unidentified) male voices, as well as parts of various news programmes. I’ve marked unintelligible parts with empty square brackets.
[various news announcers]: Police say they’ve had enough of wild teenage parties in Melbourne suburbs … report on a group of teenagers terrorising their community, filming themselves as they did. The story caused outrage around the country today, but what you didn’t see was …
[male news announcer voice]: … attacking a taxi, bullying [drunks?], making and exploding bombs, and dropping flares on a sleeping homeless person…
[young man's voice]: You woulda heard a lotta shit bout me and my boys
What the fuck it’s like the media enjoys
making money off our reputation
But they can’t say shit with their creation
[ ] just half the story
Ignoring the facts of the story
About us like they fuckin know us
You don’t know us, you fuckin owe us
So fuckin blow us
Fucking throw us
a little rope [ ] cope
I gotta quote
This shit is cutthroat
[background: female news announcer, unintelligible]
I hope it hurts to reminisce
When you thinkin back
Bout us Werribee kids
All the things we did
And ah yeah God forbid
That you actually knew one of us
Then you’d have to be a man and blew one of us
It’s all talk
I’m still not hushed
Every time you judge me
Youse can all get fucked
Actually youse are all in luck
I got a gift for your chin
These fuckin nuts
[various news announcers]: [ ] Court in Werribee, trashed after another wild night … litter the street as stragglers return home…
[ ] Drastic
Leave ‘em with a fat lip
Lookin like a spastic
[ ] only pick [on/up] fat chicks
I split lips and I fuckin hate nips
The white Caucasian
Fucking up [ ]
We were named and shamed
Ball and chain
No one to [shame?]
When her hair got –
They didn’t show her nude
When you look Youtube
With more views
Than the ten o’clock news
[news announcer]:…They don’t realise that this stuff is just horrific ….
To the cunts who talk shit about the Werribee crew
Got a message comin straight for you
You punks don’t have a clue who you’re dissin
So shut your fuckin chin and give the lip into quittin and kick [ ]
Listen to the rhymes [ ] you’re piss poor
I got no discretion with the Werribee lesson
Causin great depression
No need for testing
Coz we proved we’re worthy
No room for reporters in the thirty thirty
[news announcer]: ….our whole community has failed these kids, and unfortunately the whole community will pay the price when they become adults, because I can’t see them changing. They’re thugs in training.
It’s commenced back in town
I’m still the underground king
I haven’t lost my crown
Had to come back with this Werribee alliance
But the media drop dead in absolute silence
I’m the cunt you gotta look out for
Got the families lockin up the motherfuckin door
So tell me what you want from me
Come to Werribee and motherfucker you will see
[news announcers, unintelligible]
Banging down the street looking for a fight
Tell them big cunts I got it over you
You can’t escape me
You see me at every party I attend
You go home turn your telly on
You see me again
You go to bed you dream about me
Fame will never end
It doesn’t stop there
The copper chopper’s in the air
On the news, Today Tonight, and A Current Affair
Doin slab tricks and bottle runners
Just because I’m thirsty
If I don’t get caught
Don’t worry the guilt still hurts me
Look for the Werribee banner
Stolen cars hotwired
I’m so tired
Hearin about these young girls knocked up
We bash cunts and leave
Before the [ ] rock up
Couldn’t give a fuck
It’s Werribee until I’m locked up
Must just be a Werribee thing
To bash cunts, bag bums, total [ ] when we [ ]
No words for the drama we bring
You heard of us
The Werribee Kings
You heard of us
We’ll fuck you up greatly
Because they all hate me
Been on the low lately
Can’t save cos we’re beyond savin
Try and put me away
Just for misbehavin
Rantin and ravin on and on
About us kids from Werribee
And so on
Why don’t you go and find out what we’ve done
[ ] shit that was just fun
[various voices]: … made the local papers earlier this year when his taxi was attacked by a gang of youths … every effort by [ ] will be made to bring these boys to justice. We will not rest until every one of these boys is prosecuted to the full extent of the law … [jeering laughter] I can’t understand it, I mean I – I don’t understand it at all, and I’m, I feel very humiliated as a father … [more jeering noises] … I think it’s a sign that the community is failing.