victim of a group assault says she and her friends are being
bullied online by people linked to the teenage perpetrators.
Tae Flavell (19) has a broken ankle and a bruised and
battered body after Saturday's assault, but it is not the
physical pain which affects her most.
Since she and friends Annalise Cooper (19) and Makayla Spiers
(18) went public about being attacked by a group of girls and
the resulting footage circulating on social media, they have
been subjected to online attacks.
''They talk on Facebook about how we are liars and we
provoked them, and even if that was the case - which it is
not - no-one deserves to be on the ground being booted,'' she
Facebook threats connected to the assailants - which included
links to the footage - warned of similar actions awaiting
others who talked about the assailants.
This week, the mother of one of the teenage girls connected
with the serious assault apologised for her daughter's
The attack had left Miss Flavell experiencing anxiety and
panic attacks, and ''I am nervous to go out because I know
people will be talking about me''.
''I just want them to realise that it is not just the
physical pain they have inflicted upon us. It is hard to deal
with mentally as well ... I am very traumatised. I am having
nightmares and they don't understand that.''
Her friends no longer wanted to socialise in town, and the
incident ''is going to affect us for so long''.
However, she had been overwhelmed by the support shown by
people from all over New Zealand since the Otago Daily
Times first reported the attack.
''People have been very kind.''
Yesterday, police confirmed they had made headway with the
''Police inquiries into the incident are progressing well,''
Senior Sergeant Mark Crawford said ''We have spoken to a
number of witnesses who have come forward and to almost all
of those who were present at the time the incident