Teen schoolie raped at Byron Bay
A TEENAGER celebrating schoolies at Byron Bay has been raped, police have said.
The 18-year-old was reportedly walking along Belongil Beach about 9pm last night when she was approached by an unknown man who pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted.
The young woman made her way to the Schoolies Hub, where she was cared for by volunteers until police arrived.
The woman was treated at Byron Bay Hospital for treatment and police set up a crime scene around the site of the attack.
The man, who fled after the attack, has not been caught and was described by police as Caucasian, aged in his late teens with blond hair.
Police are appealing for anyone with information on the attack to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information can be given to Crime Stoppers anonymously.
In the meantime, police have urged school leavers celebrating at Byron Bay to keep an eye out for trouble and to take care of each other.
"This is a terrible incident and, while we don't want to speculate on the circumstances, we really need to stress the importance of enjoying themselves while being sensible and responsible," Tweed/Byron Local Area commander Detective Supterintendent Stuart Wilkins said.
"Stay with your friends and always look out for each other."
Schoolies safety tips and information are availble at the State Government's Youth NSW homepage and at the Schoolies Hub at Main Beach.
Hub coordinator Nicqui Yazdi said the Schoolies Hub was a safe zone that operated 24 hours a day.
"Young people can come in here at any time for anything they might need or assistance with anything they might need," she said.
"Our key message is always look out for your mates. Because a lot of young people get separated from each other, we tell people you can pre-arrange to meet at the hub if they get separated.
"Use the hub. If you get lost, use the hub."