Olivia Jeffery has had enough of being 'assaulted' in nightclubs and bars.
Olivia Jeffery has had enough of being 'assaulted' in nightclubs and bars. John McCutcheon

Revealed: Coast's sleazy nightclub shame

THE curtain has been lifted on the Sunshine Coast's sleazy nightclub scene, with local women revealing the disgusting behaviour they are forced to tolerate when they go out.

Groping and verbal insults are just part of the culture which appears to be not only tolerated but celebrated by many men out for a "good time".

Among the victims is Olivia Jeffery, who used to love nothing more than sitting in a pub, drinking a beer and watching sports until the "vile" behaviour of some men put her off.

The local singer-songwriter is no stranger to bars, but said the behaviour had forced her to stay in, rather than enjoy her solo trips out.

"My favourite thing to do is go to the pub and have a beer and watch the footy or just read," Ms Jeffery said.

"I've stopped doing it now. Last time I went to a bar by myself with a book I just got yelled at for two hours... I didn't even get through a page."

This comes as Coast woman Kimberly Ferguson this week spoke up about calling out men who act inappropriately after a man allegedly put his hand up her dress while she was working in Palmwoods.

It's not just verbal harassment Ms Jeffery, 25, has copped over the years, she also said she'd been repeatedly groped by patrons while just trying to enjoy a night out.

"I got my arse grabbed the other night," she said.

"I've had people shove their hand up my skirt and into my knickers while I was walking through a bar."

In an impassioned Facebook post which garnered mass support, Ms Jeffery said the incidents had left her a "scared little girl too afraid to come out of her own bedroom".

While Ms Jeffery made it clear it's not just women who get harassed, she said it's "a lot worse as a woman especially if you're just going out by yourself".

There's only a couple of bars she can now list where she feels comfortable to go without being accosted.

Ms Jeffery said other major incidents included a man in his 50s whispering to her "I'm going to f*** you until you bleed" while she was on stage and a group of men audibly rating her body parts while she was performing.

"I think by the end of the set from what I could hear, my boobs were a five, my arse was a nine and my face 'they could just put a paper bag over'," she said.

The constant battle against this behaviour has left her spent.

"It's just become so normalised that people just forget that it's happening, but it's just so constant and exhausting," Ms Jeffery said.

"If you go out when you're not feeling as strong as you sometimes can be... it just gets to you."

As for the solution, Ms Jeffery said it's time for people to stop letting others get away with inappropriate behaviour.

"The only thing that's going to help is other people calling their mates on it for starters and security and staff calling the patrons," she said.

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