'It felt really off': My encounter with Ocean St predators

A SECURITY guard working at the popular Ocean St precinct says he's sick of men targeting intoxicated women in the area and urged punters to report "dodgy guys".

As reported in the Daily, at least six, and possibly more, women have been raped or sexually assaulted at Ocean St in the past six months.

"It's just an element of society that needs to be eradicated," he said.

"It's like vultures picking on weak lambs."

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The security guard, who asked that his name not be revealed, said people shouldn't hesitate to report sexually inappropriate behaviour to bar staff, security guards or police.

"A lot of people know I'm a safe spot, so they come and talk to me - say, 'this guy's been touching me', or sometimes, rarely, it's guys who are having trouble with women touching them," he said.

Security staff can review CCTV footage immediately and kick out people who are causing others to feel unsafe, especially if they are touching strangers, he said.

"You can pick the behaviour: a guy on the dancefloor who's not dancing, going from group to group and touching people, or a guy standing at the bar just perving.

"If someone's actually touching someone, it's 'get out'."

Anyone who was planning a night out should decide a plan for how they're getting home before they leave the house, he said.

'I told them she wasn't interested': young woman speaks of Ocean St experience

SOPHIE Patrick goes out with friends "every other weekend" and has seen men approach heavily intoxicated women in what seemed a deliberate pick-up attempt, including two men who were hitting on her mate while she was in the women's toilet.

It is against the law to have sex with someone if that person is too intoxicated to give consent.

Sophie Patrick, 22, was out with friends earlier this month when she saw two men "crowding around" and touching young women at Ocean St after a night out.

"First, two men had approached my friend outside of Old Soul, while she was standing alone," she said.

Ms Patrick said she had grabbed her friend's hand and led her away, and the men called out "why are you taking her away.. like, just relax, we're...trying to have a conversation".

"I told them she wasn't interested and just to leave her alone," Ms Patrick said.

"They called out a few more things as we walk up the road. I just ignored them and kept walking."

As Ms Patrick and her friend were waiting for an Uber, she watched the men walk up Ocean St approaching women "who seemed quite intoxicated and standing alone".

"They just kept crowding around these girls, and touching them and getting angry when asked to go away," she said.

"It just felt really off to me. They were quite aggressive in the way they spoke."

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She informed a security guard, but isn't sure what happened to the girls as her ride arrived.

Sunshine Coast resident Rebecca, who asked her surname not be revealed, said she didn't find the rate of alleged sexual assaults on Ocean St recently shocking, as most women she knew had been sexually harassed or assaulted and hadn't reported it.

"As young women, we're sexually harassed before we even really understand what it means," she said.

"Whether it's being wolf-whistled from cars or groped at a school dance.

"When it is reported, it's often dismissed. We're told to take it as a compliment and that 'boys will be boys'.

"We see a complete lack of consequences for perpetrators. We accept feeling unsafe as just a part of being a woman."

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She said women needed to realise they had legal rights, not to just walk away from a situation.

She called for the wider community to take more responsibility for reporting information that would help bring offenders to justice.

"If complaints have been made about a patron, don't just remove them from the venue. Call the police and provide them with security footage," she said.

"Report the licence plates of those yelling obscenities or whistling. Prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

"Only when there are real consequences are behaviours going to change."