By PETER HACKNEY
Social media users have expressed shock over footage of a man presenting to Surry Hills Police Station after an alleged rape was shared online.
The footage, uploaded to video sharing social network service TikTok, shows a man approaching officers for help at the police station.
The alleged victim wrote: “This is what happened when I went to the police and said I was raped and need help with getting a restraining order for protection.”
A male and a female police officer are seen standing behind the counter as the man makes his report.
The male police officer is heard replying: “With everything you’re telling me, you seem very paranoid and delusional.
“How do you feel right now?”
The alleged victim replies in a calm and measured voice: “Do you tell everybody that they’re paranoid and delusional when they come in here to report a rape?”
The female police officer, chewing gum and blowing bubbles, then asks the alleged victim: “Do you want an ambo?”
“No,” the complainant responds. “I want a restraining order.”
The alleged rape victim then asks if he can have his notepad back before collecting his things and leaving the station.
Social media users expressed astonishment at the footage, which the Sentinel has chosen not to share at this stage, to avoid identifying the parties involved.
“Omfg she is standing there popping … chewing gum!” wrote one person.
“I am so sorry for you,” wrote another.
Another TikTok user said: “Nobody deserves to be treated this way, especially by ‘professionals’.”
The Sentinel contacted Surry Hills Police Station and was referred to the NSW Police Media team at Parramatta, who were approached for comment.
A spokesperson told the Sentinel: “NSW Police Force is aware of a short video that shows part of a longer exchange with officers.
“Inquiries are continuing.”
Peter Hackney is the editor-in-chief of the Sydney Sentinel.