By Tim O’Brien | 21 November 2016 06:19:24A woman accused of a violent assault in Sydney has been given the chance to respond to allegations made against her by a friend.

The woman, who has not been named, was attacked in the city’s CBD on Wednesday night.

Her friend and her lawyer, Nick O’Dwyer, who is representing her, told Fairfax Media the woman was not “a threat to anyone” and the woman “did not engage in any criminal conduct”.

“This case is very important because the woman has been charged and we want to know why the police and the prosecution have made these allegations,” Mr O’Dea said.

Mr O’Demas said the woman’s friend, who he did not name, had told police he was the one who assaulted the woman.

The case is still being investigated by police.

Mr Dickson, of the Sydney Rape Crisis Centre, said the assault was a “horrible experience” for the woman, but that it was important to remember that no matter what happened, “it’s never OK to have a sexual encounter”.

“If we’re going to stop rape, then we need to do everything we can to avoid sexual violence,” he said.

“You can’t expect people to be safe, but you can’t stop people from doing it, and if people don’t, we’re not going to be able to prevent it.”

The woman has now been granted bail.