Why I'll never go out in Gladstone again

ASHLEA Wilson has only been out in Gladstone once, but after her experience on Saturday night, she won't be doing it again.

"I've just had a baby and it was the first time I've been out in 12 months," she said.

"My girlfriend and I were having a great Saturday night until it got late. Then it was scary."

After having a few glasses of wine at lightbox, the two girls called a cab at 11pm.

When it got to midnight, they were told they had to wait in line at a cab rank on Goondoon St.

"I thought going out would be like going out in Victoria where you have a few drinks, have a good time and then get a cab home," Ashlea said.

Instead, she watched Goondoon St at its worst.

"I felt so unsafe, and we were so lucky a man helped us and waited until we got a cab to make sure we were okay," she said.

"Girls were getting wolf-whistled at, people on the street were arguing and yelling, and everyone was so drunk and aggressive.

"When a cab did come, a drunk man across the street jumped in, and an extremely agitated and drunk lady in the line ran over and started swearing at him."

The fight was broken up by a passing police car, and the man took the cab.

"At 1.20am we finally got in the cab and the driver was the same man who was in the altercation," she said.

"He told me that he is scared to work some nights, because people are so aggro."

For Ms Wilson the solution is easy.

"Never again," she said.

Here's how you can help stamp out street violence

THE Observer has launched a community campaign called HandsOff (#handsoff), with the aim of making our streets safer,

Here's how you can get involved in the #HandsOff campaign.

By taking the promise, you pledge:

•        Not to participate in, or condone by being silent, any form of street or late-night violence; and

•        To report any incidents of such violence to the relevant establishment and authorities

It's easy to do - just visit http://bit.ly/saynotoviolence and follow the steps.

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