Organisers of the 2017 UNIFY Gathering are working with Victorian Police in investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred at the music festival in Tarwin Meadows on Friday night.
Investigators have been told the female victim was with a group of friends in the mosh pit near the front of the stage about 10pm. An unknown person approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her. The victim was surrounded by people so was unable to see who the offender was. She immediately left the area and notified police.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
In a statement, UNIFY Gathering organisers said, "Sexual assault and harassment is something we absolutely do not tolerate. We are disgusted and appalled that anyone thinks this is an acceptable way to act." In a later comment, "We won't ignore it. We won't stand for it and we will find a way to deal with it as best we can."
The full statement can be read on Facebook.
UNIFY Gathering is a two night camping and music gathering set in the small South Gippsland town of Tarwin Meadows. It was headlined this year by Alexisonfire and Violent Soho.
This follows allegations that five women were sexually assaulted at the Falls Festival Marion Bay event between between 29-31 December.