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'They're sick, sick people': victim tells of teen gang sex attack

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Woman sexually assaulted by group of teens

A 38-year-old mother of three was watching the fireworks at the Western Port festival on the Mornington Peninsula when she was attacked by four teenagers.

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A woman attacked by four teenagers who tried to strip off her clothing at a community festival has described the group as ''sick''.

The woman, a 38-year-old mother of three, was at the Hastings foreshore about 9.30pm on Saturday to watch fireworks as part of the Western Port festival when she was set upon in an unlit area between festival rides and the water watching fireworks.

The victim said she had been unable to find her friends so decided to watch the fireworks alone shortly before the attack.

One of the teenagers grabbed the woman from behind and a second stood in front of her and tried to pull down her pants. The two other teenagers stood behind him, in front of the woman, a police spokesman said.

The woman fought off her attackers and they ran off towards the Pelican Park recreation centre in Marine Parade.

She said she had been left feeling violated, insecure and unsafe, despite escaping injury.

"(They're) sick, sick people and I just don't understand how they could get any satisfaction from this," she said.

"They weren't laughing, they were ... just very much in a hurry to do what they wanted to do."

She managed to fight off the man on top of her, and he fled with his accomplices.

Detective Sergeant Stephen McKenzie said it was possible the offenders had lurked in the poorly lit area waiting until the fireworks started so their attack would go unnoticed.

He said that while there were hundreds of people nearby, most were standing either on the beach or the foreshore.

Police are analysing CCTV footage of the area, and do not believe the men filmed the assault. They may have been drinking before the attack.

"It's a despicable act, it would have been terrifying for her," Detective Sergeant McKenzie said.

"For her to be targeted like that, it's despicable."

All of the attackers are believed to be aged in their mid to late teens. One of them was described as being about 160 centimetres tall, with messy hair and wearing jeans at the time.

The victim was unable to provide more detailed descriptions because she was attacked in the dark.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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