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Posted January 01, 2018 15:51:38

A 32-year-old man has been charged over a sexual assault at the Falls Music Festival in Tasmania, after being apprehended in a citizen’s arrest by the alleged victim and her friend.

Tasmania Police said a 19-year-old woman was assaulted in the mosh pit about 9:30pm on Friday during a set played by the band The Jungle Giants.

Senior Sergeant Darren Latham said a man has now been charged.

“The women involved, the person involved and her friend, actually apprehended the male, then handed them to security, who then handed them to police for the matter to be investigated,” he said.

A second sexual assault at the festival was also reported, but the young female victim decided she did not want a formal police investigation into the matter.

The Marion Bay event last January was marred by two reports of sexual assault in the mosh pit, and one of rape in the camping area.

Senior Sergeant Latham said it was good to see women reporting sexual assaults.

“It is encouraging that people are taking positive action, but we of course wish that it didn’t happen at all.”

In a statement, Falls Festival co-producer Paul Piticco welcomed the arrest.

“These incidences have been happening at mass gatherings for years and we are encouraged by the fact that this unacceptable behaviour is being identified and people are coming forward,” he said.

“It takes a lot of courage and we are happy to be seeing a cultural change where victims feel comfortable to report.”

The statement also said there was still more work to do around the issue of sexual assault.

“As a society we need to continue to educate people about consent to eradicate this dreadful behaviour and provide victims with a safe space.”

Topics: sexual-offences, crime, carnivals-and-festivals, marion-bay-7175