Brittany Higgins blasts ‘blame shifting’ as all sides squabble over alleged rape not reported to AFP
Former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins says she is disenchanted that ‘politicking’ has changed motion on the ‘elementary issues’ at Parliament House.
Ms Higgins, a former adviser to Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, got here ahead a fortnight in the past claiming she was raped by a senior colleague in Parliament House after an evening out in 2019.
Three different ladies have since accused the identical man of molesting or raping them, prompting an investigation into office tradition at Parliament House.
Ms Higgins posted on Twitter a clip from ABC Insiders the place a panel mentioned the difficulty.
‘This is why individuals do not come ahead,’ Ms Higgins wrote.
‘The politicking, the blame shifting – none of which handle the elemental issues evident within the tradition at Parliament House.
‘I’m not stunned, simply disenchanted.’
In the clip, Australian Financial Review political editor Philip Coorey stated the alleged rapist’s defence lawyer would doubtless be combing the heavy media protection.
‘If I used to be that man’s defence lawyer, the perpetrator, I’d be going very rigorously over all the pieces that has been stated and written within the final 10 days in search of a way you possibly can torpedo any potential trial,’ he stated.
Australian Financial Review political editor Philip Coorey (second from left) stated the alleged rapist’s defence lawyer would doubtless be trawling the media for tactics to torpedo a trial
Ms Higgins lodged a proper criticism on Wednesday, triggering an lively police investigation into her alleged rape.
Australian Federal Police commissioner Reece Kershaw despatched a letter to the Prime Minister warning politicians that delays in reporting crimes can harm investigations and danger a perpetrator re-offending.
Rosie Lewis, federal politics reporter at The Australian, instructed the Insiders panel there was a warning implicit within the police letter to victims to not speak to media.
‘There was additionally a warning in that letter… to the alleged victims: do not undergo the media,’ she stated.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) confirmed Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw instructed him in regards to the alleged assault on February 11
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured proper with alleged rape survivor Brittany Higgins) stated he’s assured Linda Reynolds will preserve her job.
‘Now, you possibly can put two and two collectively. Was he speaking to anybody specifically? No. But, within the case of Brittany Higgins she did go to the media.’
Ms Reynolds has been underneath fireplace for her dealing with of the incident and for not telling the Prime Minister.
Ms Lewis stated the principle issues weren’t how Ms Reynolds dealt with the rape allegation in 2019 – however in regards to the political penalties now.
‘It’s extra the actual fact you have had fairly dangerous political fallout over the previous fortnight,’ she stated.
Ms Reynolds has been launched from hospital and is anticipated to take two weeks’ depart within the wake of the alleged rape scandal.
She was taken to a hospital in Canberra final week as a ‘precautionary measure’ regarding an present situation on the recommendation of her heart specialist.
‘As a precautionary measure, Minister Reynolds has this morning been admitted to a Canberra Hospital,’ an announcement stated final week.
Ms Reynolds got here underneath scrutiny for her dealing with of the matter and her therapy of Ms Higgins.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been launched from hospital and is anticipated to take two weeks’ depart within the wake of the Britany Higgins alleged rape scandal
She will return to her workplace in mid-March.
Scott Morrison stated he was assured she would preserve her job regardless of copping criticism over her dealing with of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape allegations.
‘I’ve nice confidence within the work that she’s doing. I thank these colleagues, whether or not from the federal government or elsewhere, which have expressed their assist for Linda and she or he definitely has mine,’ he stated.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne has taken over Defence duties whereas Ms Reynolds is on depart.
Ms Higgins, who has stated she was not supported properly sufficient after her alleged rape, wished Senator Reynolds a speedy restoration
Mr Morrison’s feedback got here simply hours after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton admitted he knew in regards to the alleged rape however selected to not inform the prime minister about it to keep away from compromising a possible police investigation.
Mr Dutton confirmed Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw knowledgeable him in regards to the alleged assault on February 11, 4 days earlier than Mr Morrison says he was instructed.
Ms Higgins spoke to police on February 5, with the AFP then informing Mr Dutton as a result of it was a politically delicate investigation.
Alleged rape survivor Brittany Higgins
Since Ms Higgins made her allegation public final week, three different ladies have come ahead to accuse the identical man of sexual assault or harassment.
The man was sacked after the alleged rape for breaching safety guidelines by getting into Ms Reynolds’ workplace at evening.
The allegations have prompted one other former intern to share intimate particulars about her experiences with the person on a sofa within the workplace of a Nationals senator at Parliament House in 2014.
While she says their encounters had been consensual, she claims she felt ‘pressured’ to have intercourse with him on different events.
‘Nothing ‘rapey’ occurred. But that makes me really feel actually sick. I really feel like he wished to [take me there] as a result of he wished to indicate off his energy. He was clearly far more necessary than I used to be,’ the lady instructed news.com.au.
‘There was one time I stored saying, ‘No, I’m actually drained, I do not need to do something’ and he stored being like, ‘Oh, come on. Come on’.’
She additionally shared Facebook messages which consult with the sofa within the senator’s workplace, which the person insists is ‘comfy’ as he invited her there.
‘The lounge in his workplace is admittedly cozy, good for doing readings. Haha,’ he wrote.
The lady replied: ‘mmm, relies upon, do you have a tendency to speak so much while finding out?’
The man provides he is often ‘ boy’ and has an essay to write down.
The former intern shared an trade of Facebook messages, the place the person claims the sofa within the senator’s workplace is ‘actually cozy’
Brittany Higgins with associate David Sharaz, who stop his job amid her rape allegations towards a former male colleague
She claims the encounter occurred 5 years earlier than the staffer allegedly raped Ms Higgins.
The lady was a college scholar on the time and interning for a Labor MP.
The man, whom she described as ‘bold’ with desires of turning into Prime Minister, was additionally an intern on the time for a Nationals MP.
She first met him at drinks the place she acquired ‘very drunk’ and went again to his home.
‘We kissed that evening. I used to be very drunk and he was completely sober,’ the lady recalled.
‘I by no means felt bizarre about that however there have been different situations the place he undoubtedly pressured me. We by no means had correct intercourse.’
The lady says she is going to come ahead to police to make an announcement if it helps with their inquiries.
Brittany Higgins, then 24, has alleged she was raped by a colleague inside Parliament House in March 2019
Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison throughout Question Time within the House of Representatives on February 22
Ms Higgins pictured with Senator Micahela Cash (left) former Liberal Party deputy chief Julie Bishop (proper)
Ms Higgins beforehand stated she didn’t instantly report the alleged rape to police out of worry that she would lose her ‘dream job’, however resigned earlier this month earlier than making the allegations final Monday.
Her alleged rapist has checked himself into a non-public rehabilitation clinic after dropping his job at a big company.
Two extra ladies accused the previous authorities employee of rape after Ms Higgins went public final week, and now a fourth alleged sufferer has taken her story to Canberra police on Sunday.
The fourth lady, who needs to stay nameless, instructed the ABC the ‘actually sleazy’ alleged rapist stroked her thigh on an evening out in 2017.
Ms Higgins’ declare, which was formally acknowledged to police on Wednesday, opened the floodgates for others to share their tales.
The newest lady to return ahead was with colleagues at Canberra’s Public Bar in 2017 when the alleged rapist touched her thigh uninvited.
She stated it was not the primary or final time she acquired undesirable advances from male colleagues.
‘By that point, I used to be simply so used to sexual harassment I simply brushed it off,’ she stated.
Since Ms Higgins made her allegation public final week, three different ladies have come ahead to accuse the identical man of sexual assault or harassment
After chatting with officers from the native police station on Sunday afternoon, the lady stated she acquired a name from the Australian Federal Police’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team.
The third lady stated she was assaulted whereas working as a coalition volunteer through the 2016 election marketing campaign.
She was barely out of faculty on the time of the assault, which allegedly occurred after an evening out consuming with the then-political staffer.
During the evening out, she claims he purchased her a number of rounds of ‘double energy’ vodkas and three tequila photographs.
The boozy evening prompted the younger volunteer, who had by no means been drunk earlier than, to vomit within the nightclub toilet.
When all people else had left, the lady stated she instructed him she was going to catch an Uber residence, and he recommended they return to his resort room ‘across the nook’ as an alternative, and he would ‘take care of her’, she instructed The Australian.
After they arrived, she handed out whereas laying on his mattress and allegedly wakened along with her garments undone and the staffer allegedly mendacity on prime of her.
The lady, who was a virgin, stated she was unsure as as to whether he was aware or sleeping, however she bolted from the room into the resort foyer rest room, the place she found she was ‘bleeding’.
Feeling embarrassed and ashamed, the lady made her method residence and didn’t inform police, her household or pals.
Scott Morrison stated he’s assured Linda Reynolds will preserve her job regardless of copping criticism over her dealing with of Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations
Prime Minister Scott Morrison alongside Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud at Parliament House
‘I imagine his actions on the evening of June 29 and the morning of June 30 represent sexual assault, as a result of he carried out or tried to carry out sexual acts on me while I used to be severely intoxicated and unable to offer legitimate and knowledgeable consent,’ she instructed The Australian.
‘I later realised I used to be so drunk, I used to be not in a position to give any consent’
‘Hearing Brittany Higgins’ story, it was so eerily comparable, it made me assume this individual has a sample of behaviour.’
The second alleged sufferer claimed she met the ministerial advisor in 2016 when he was working for Ms Reynolds through the election marketing campaign.
‘We went again to my place and we had been kissing… we had been going to have intercourse and I stated he needed to put on a condom,’ she stated.
‘He refused and we argued and I instructed him 5 – 6 instances that we could not have intercourse until he wore a condom. I used to be drunk and he simply acquired on prime of me, I stated no, after which he was inside me and I stored saying no.’