Woman captures horrific sexual harassment on Aussie street: 'Did you hear that?'

Hayley Mabbett, 32, was reportedly walking home from a footy game when a car full of men followed her.

Hayley Mabbett walking home from a Broncos game (left) and a clearer image of her smiling at the camera (right).
Broncos fan Hayley Mabbett was walking home from a game when she was sexually harassed on a Brisbane street. Source: ABC and LinkedIn

A woman has caught the moment she was sexually harassed on video after a group of men stalked and threatened her with sexual violence on her way home from a footy game at night.

Hayley Mabbett, 32, was reportedly heading home from a train station in Brisbane after watching the Broncos play when a car full of men followed her and shouted threats out the window.

In the footage, Mabbett begins to talk before the voice of a man interrupts her with unintelligible jeers. He then shouts, "you better be going home or I'll rape you".

The driver of the car revved the engine before speeding off, leaving Mabbett in shock.

"Did you f**king hear that? That car just said 'I'm going to rape you'."

This is not the first time Mabbett has reportedly experienced street harassment but it is the first time she's captured it on camera. After posting the footage online her loved ones questioned why she walked home alone in the dark, highlighting the prevalent theme of victim blaming in these incidences.

"There were some people who contacted me to say 'Why were you walking home alone at night?'" she told the ABC. "I understand why women get asked that question, but it's also frustrating that women can't do that and feel safe."

Putting the onus back on women when it comes to gendered harassment and violence is a mentality that is being spoken about and pushed against as the country grapples with the national crisis. Anthony Albanese urged men to speak to one another about female safety, saying the responsibility of women's safety shouldn't be dumped onto victims.

This mentality was also spoken about when Yahoo News spoke to Bianca Unwin last week. She said victim blaming distracts people from the real issue — the perpetrators and their dangerous behaviour.

"A woman will be attacked while running and it's her fault for having headphones in," she said. "Or in domestic violence cases, it's her fault for not leaving, when statistically the most dangerous time for a woman is when they are leaving... women are damned if they do, damned if they don't," she said.

Mabbett now won't use public transport to get to footy games as she feels unsafe doing so after the incident. She is joining over one million Australian women who don't use public transport after dark because they feel unsafe, according to a report on public safety conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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