Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins allegedly raped in Parliament House

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and different senior politicians have responded after claims emerged a Liberal celebration staffer was raped in a Parliament House workplace by a colleague.

Brittany Higgins, who was 24 on the time of the alleged incident, alleges she was sexually assaulted after an evening of consuming in March 2019.

Higgins, who was “very intoxicated”, and her colleague ended up in Minister for Defence Senator Linda Reynolds’s workplace, regardless of her not having her safety go.

The 24-year-old then started to really feel unwell and went to put on the sofa, News Corp reported on Monday.

When she awoke, her colleague was assaulting her, she alleges.

Brittany Higgins.
Brittany Higgins. Credit score: Information Corp

“ he was on prime of me and I bodily couldn’t get him off of me,’’ Higgins stated.

“I awoke mid-rape. I advised him to cease. I used to be crying. He wasn’t even me. It felt like I used to be form of a physique that was there. It didn’t really feel prefer it was something about me.”

The person left the constructing after the alleged assault, leaving Higgins in a state of “shock”.

Safety guards found Higgins the following morning as she tried to depart the constructing.

Higgins said she decided not to make a formal complaint because she wanted to protect the Liberal Party and her “dream job”.
Higgins stated she determined to not make a proper criticism as a result of she needed to guard the Liberal Occasion and her “dream job”. Credit score: ABC

At work the next week, Higgins was pulled into a gathering the place she was advised the person resigned purely over the safety breach on the workplace.

In a second assembly concerning the incident, Higgins advised senior employees she’d been assaulted.

Regardless of reporting the incident to police, Higgins determined to not make a proper criticism as a result of she needed to guard the Liberal Occasion and her “dream job”.

Higgins was later pulled into one other assembly with Reynolds and her chief of employees, in the identical room in which she was allegedly assaulted.

‘Deeply distressing’

There, Reynolds expressed her horror at what had taken place, Higgins stated.

Higgins stated through the assembly she felt as if she was a “sudden drawback” for Reynolds to take care of.

“I felt like they had been ticking a field. That they needed to have this dialog with me in order to say on the report ‘We advised her she might go to the police’,” she stated.

In a press release issued on Monday, a spokesperson for Morrison’s workplace stated the alleged rape was “deeply distressing”.

Higgins described feeling as if she was a “problem” following the ordeal.
Higgins described feeling as if she was a “drawback” following the ordeal. Credit score: Information Corp