Vic man gets corrections order for rape

Melissa Iaria

A young Melbourne man who raped a girl in a park after a drunken party has been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order.

Dale Mawer, 20, met the girl at a party in February last year and the pair were drinking heavily before making their way to a park for mutual kissing.

However Mawer then forced himself on the girl, whose friends heard her cries and raised the alarm, the Victorian County Court heard on Friday.

At the time of the offence, Mawer was 18, and the girl 16.

The court was told the victim told him repeatedly she wasn't consenting to sex and friends came to her rescue after hearing her cries.

Mawer told police he remembered little of the incident because he was drunk.

Judge Mark Dean said the incident had a deeply traumatic effect on the girl and that vulnerable young women needed to be protected from offences like this.

"Alcohol abuse and the objectification of women played an all too common role in these events," he said.

The judge took into account Mawer's guilty plea, which spared the victim from giving evidence.

He also accepted Mawer's remorse and good rehabilitation prospects.

The prosecution had accepted a community corrections order was within the sentencing range for the crime of rape, which carries a maximum 25-year jail term.

Mawer was ordered to do 150 hours of community work, undergo treatment for alcohol abuse and do sex offender programs as part of his sentence.

He was also placed on the sex offender's register for 15 years.