WARNING: Graphic images
A 33-year-old Sydney man has taken to social media almost two months after he was allegedly attacked by a group of five men while walking down a renowned LGBTQIA+ night-life strip.
“If the ambulance didn’t arrive when it did, this could have ended very differently – there was so much blood,” Aaron, who did not want his surname published, told the NCA Newswire.
In the early hours of the morning on June 26, Aaron was allegedly assaulted by five men as he walked along Oxford St in the inner-Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.
Police allege Aaron was approached by the men but wanted to avoid the confrontation and attempted to walk away.
One of the men continued to approach and began to throw punches and kick him to the ground, police allege.
“Kicked, punched, head stomped on and left,” Aaron said in his post.
He was rushed to hospital and treated for a broken nose and injuries to his eyes and mouth.
“I woke up not knowing where I was, with a broken nose, blood all over me and my eyes swollen shut,” Aaron told his Instagram followers in a candid post recently.
Two months have passed and police are yet to identify any of the five men allegedly involved in the violent attack.
Surry Hills Police have shared grainy surveillance images from the night of the alleged incident are appealing for the public’s assistance to identify the men pictured.
Police want to speak to the men to assist in their inquiries.
For Aaron, it has been two months of living with the pain of a broken nose and throbbing teeth.
“I’m not breathing properly because my nostrils are blocked all the time,” he said.
“I’m not sleeping properly and I have a bit of anxiety about it all.
“The teeth are the worst, they are still throbbing every day and it’s very painful.”
With some encouragement from a friend, Aaron decided to share his experience, posting a series of graphic photographs and videos taken in the days following the alleged attack.
“I’ve wanted to hide and this is so big for me to share, it’s taken a lot of energy, building up the strength to post and pray the public can bring justice in a healthy/moral manner,” Aaron said.
He told NCA Newswire he had received death threats and attacks on social media as a result.
The post shows dark bruising around Aaron’s eyes and deep cuts inside his mouth.
“I don’t agree with violence in any sense – not even words,” Aaron told the NCA Newswire.
“No one should have to worry about this on a night out.
“I want justice but I don’t want anyone to be punished in a negative way.”
His Friend Alejandro Bareno has created a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $2000 in just two days.
“It is unbelievable and so sad that these acts are still happening,” Mr Bareno said.
“Let’s show those people that in moments like this, we all come together.”
The GoFundMe aims to raise $13,000 to help pay-off Aaron’s dental treatment, as well as the ongoing cost of physiotherapy, counselling and doctors appointments.
“No one should be a victim of hate crime against the peaceful and cheerful LGTBQIA+ community,” Mr Bareno said.