A WOMAN allegedly raped by four men at a strip club was assaulted in a staff area by the manager after being asked to “try” for a job.
Cops received a call in the early hours of Sunday morning from a member of the public to report that his sister had just been raped at the Rocket Club in Birmingham.
West Midlands Police said four men were “involved” in the alleged rape, according to documents submitted to Birmingham City Council.
It has now emerged that the alleged gang rape took place in an area reserved for staff at the Broad Street strip club and involved the venue manager.
In his police report to the council, Chief Superintendent Stephen Graham said three other men were also involved in the alleged assault.
The victim told the cops that the group of men asked him to undress.
When she refused, the manager reportedly said she had “trained” him.
She then described how the men were “all over her” and told officers that “it all started to happen” and “went wrong”.
The men allegedly asked her to “get on top of them and grind” and she was then “shot at them” and raped by at least two of the men.
She described how she was “dragged” between the principal and the three men.
The victim managed to escape the staff area and leave the club – but said she was “concerned about the women trapped in there” and called her sister.
Her sister reported the incident to police shortly after 5:30 a.m. last Sunday.
Officers arrested a man on suspicion of rape, according to public documents.
An emergency meeting held by city council on Wednesday decided to suspend the club’s license.
“LIFE CHANGING ASSAULT”
Chief Superintendent Stephen Graham said: “The concern of West Midlands Police is that if steps are not taken to consider the management of these premises, further serious offenses will occur … resulting in more casualties experience life-changing assault.
He said the manager’s involvement and the fact that the alleged violation took place in a staff area were “aggravating factors” in the case.
The venue presents itself as an “inviting and comfortable” space to “kick back and relax” – with a large main stage and two performance platforms.
It also has an “intimate champagne room” for special occasions with its own stage and pole, and claims to be “renowned for providing first class dancing”.
City council said the club received a copy of its license review request after the alleged rape.
The Sun Online has contacted the club for comment.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Reach out to charities for help, including Women’s Aid’s live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, report abuse without speaking on the phone, dial “55” instead.
- Always carry cash with you, including change for a public phone or bus ticket.
- If you think your partner is about to attack you, try going to a low-risk area of the house – for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 01708 765200. The association’s e-mail assistance service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can also call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Hotline on 0808 2000 247.