Please be advised that we are currently experiencing the peak danger period for AFL violence. Consequently, we are on a RED threat level. Last weekend, almost 200 professional footballers played their final match for the season. Their pre-season training is months away. Their alcohol tolerance is way down. A lot of them are angry and frustrated and looking to blow off steam. While the AFL has reluctantly agreed to extend their drug monitoring throughout the off-season, past experience and statements from players suggests that many will be taking drugs. Now is the time to be at your utmost vigilance.
To add fuel to this fire, over the coming weeks, another 40 pissed off young men are unleashed on the streets each week as their teams fail. Young men steeped in a culture of aggression, violence and domination. Awash with testosterone, booze and drugs. Looking to cut loose and "bond" with their droogs through the ritual subjugation and humiliation of women and men alike.
The threat is real. This blog has documented just some of the numerous bashings and rapes that footy players have committed in recent years. In the event that you become a victim of footy player violence, you cannot rely on anyone else to bring them to justice. The AFL and the clubs may try hush money. Senior police have admitted that investigators' incompetence in these matters can border on corruption. You have to rely on yourself and your sense of judgement.
Please, people, I can't stress this enough: do not engage with AFL players. If they even turn up at the pub or bar where you are drinking, leave immediately. If you don't feel safe, don't risk it: ask the bouncers to escort you into a waiting taxi. It's just not worth spending time in hospital, the court system or therapy because of the selfish actions of a few dickheads.
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