News – AU – Another former employee accuses the government of ill-treating her alleged rape


A third woman has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the worker at the center of Brittany Higgins’ rape claim in the House of Parliament

Chelsey Potter, who claims she was sexually assaulted by a Canberra political worker while working for an MP Image: FacebookSource: Supplied

Treasury Secretary Simon Birmingham was accused of ill-treating a former employee’s complaint that she had been sexually assaulted by a former colleague

The latest allegations are unrelated to allegations made against Liberal worker Brittany Higgins, who told police she was sexually assaulted two years ago by a Liberal colleague in Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds’ office

However, the new allegations could pose a serious threat to the credibility of the prime minister’s proposed work culture overhaul as Senator Birmingham leads the process of introducing new procedures

Chelsey Potter posted a statement on her experience on In Adelaide’s In Daily website claiming Senator Birmingham did not encourage her to go to the police, despite saying he knew he “never did.” would consent to sexual assault “

“When I spoke about our own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in politics, I did so to bring about change, much like Brittany has bravely done,” she said

“Somewhat stupidly, I thought that sharing such a personal, traumatic experience would be enough to inspire politicians – my former employers, colleagues and friends, many who have known me since I was young – to action

“It didn’t. My former boss, now Federal Treasury Secretary, Senator Simon Birmingham, is aware of my claim that I was sexually assaulted while working in his office

“He has known this for at least 18 months. He knew it before my story became known

Chelsey Potter, who claims she was sexually assaulted by a Canberra political worker while working for an MP Image: FacebookSource: Supplied

“In July 2019, as I was preparing to share my experience publicly, I requested a meeting with him

“He replied that he had become aware of my grave allegation. Of course, I already knew it was very serious – I had lived it

“In his response, he simply suggested speaking to professionals and referred me to the Women’s Information Service and 1800RESPECT Not even a suggestion to involve the police, which weeks later would become the buzzword of high-ranking liberals

Ms. Potter also accused him of being on ABC radio after the event to claim it was “all the news for him”

“I haven’t received a call since then. We haven’t talked about it at all,” she said

“There was never a check-in. No professional or personal support offer. To date, he has not even bothered to determine my version of events”

Ms. Potter also revealed that her alleged attacker had sent her gerberas on her last day in the office

“Almost a year earlier, the same friend and colleague – my generous gift giver – sexually assaulted me in the middle of a cold Canberra night, he held me and pulled my underwear off

But Mrs. Potter, the ex-wife of a MP, said she was ostracized in liberal circles for speaking out

“We feel like troublemakers, not team players, only good for an uncomfortable look at partying and whispering when we go away,” she said

“In the last few days I have seen my former boss stand up and speak with serious words and a serious face on the subject of the attack and trial in the Senate

“I also understand that Simon cannot undo the damage that has been done to me, both from my attack and from the profound lack of response to it

Brittany Higgins claimed last week that she was raped by a colleague in the House of Parliament Image: SuppliedSource: Supplied

However, he can ensure that no other woman suffers the same. We need new robust, clear procedures for complaints about bullying, sexual harassment and assault. We need to turn the tide of Canberra boys’ club culture ”

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