Thursday, September 15, 2016

Community Safety Female Aggression Violence by Females Teen girls recruited by all-female gangs, including sister pack to Apex Herald Sun September 12, 2016 “Sugar and spice and everything nice is out the window,”


“Sugar and spice and everything nice is out the window,”

Les Twentyman





Girls as young as 12 are being recruited by burgeoning all-female gangs, including a sister pack to the notorious Apex mob. Picture: Thinkstock
Girls as young as 12 are being recruited by burgeoning all-female gangs, including a sister pack to the notorious Apex mob. Picture: Thinkstock


Teen girls recruited by all-female gangs, including sister pack to Apex

GIRLS as young as 12 are being recruited by burgeoning all-female gangs, including a sister pack to the notorious Apex mob.
And police fear their crimes are escalating: random attacks on victims at popular city nightspots are becoming more brazen and violent.
The Herald Sun has been told the “Aces”, or “As” for short, is an all-girl gang that has linked itself to the violent Apex gang. It is understood to be operating in the Dandenong area, where the Apex gang formed.
Other all-girl gangs include the “Dum-Bees”, from Sunshine and the Laverton-based “Lavs”.
Youth workers say there are now a record number of girl gangs, teenage members of which are being charged with robberies, assaults and weapons offences.
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Girls have also infiltrated established male gangs, sometimes being forced to sleep with gang members as part of their initiation.
One girl, 13, has been banned by a judge from entering the CBD, Federation Square or Birrarung Marr.
Opposing bail, police told the Supreme Court she had been involved in a three-month crime spree in Footscray and the CBD, joining with several others in attacks.
They said she refused to go to school and stayed up all night doing drugs and drinking alcohol.
When the girl faced court last week she was in breach of three sets of bail.
She was alleged to have been involved in random assaults on two women days after being released from her first stint in youth detention.
She also faces weapons charges.
The girl was bailed on strict conditions, including a nightly curfew. The court heard she was a good student but that her life had spiralled out of control this year.
A police source said girls of various backgrounds made up a “significant proportion” of youth offenders, and operated in small, often haphazard, networks. Many of them, showed police a lot of disrespect, some more so than their male peers.
According to Crime Statistics Agency data for the year to March, girls were responsible for one in five offences committed by those aged 10-17.
Prominent youth worker Les Twentyman said many girls joined gangs after struggling with the transition from primary to secondary school.
He said girl gangs had reached record numbers.
Housing estates in particular had become “hotbeds of problems”, he said.
“Sugar and spice and everything nice is out the window,” he said.



Les Twentyman. Picture: Supplied

Mr Twentyman said girls involved in gang activity had often suffered a traumatic event or abuse.
“They have no respect for themselves and feel they’ve got nothing to lose,” he said.
“They’re locked out of education, they’re locked out of their families, and they’re locked out of employment.
“They need a sense of belonging,” he said.
Mr Twentyman said he would continue to lobby for the introduction of outreach youth workers in all schools.
Police Minister Lisa Neville denied there was an issue with girl gangs.
“This story is about a couple of incidences before the courts at the moment so I can go into those, but at this point there is no systemic issues in relation to girls gangs,” she told 3AW.
“But what we are conscious of is making sure we are continuing to invest in young people early to prevent them getting into crime.”





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