Suspected Brittany Higgins rapist indicted by Australian police
The man who allegedly raped Brittany Higgins, a government employee, in the Australian Parliament building has been charged with one count of sexual assault.
Higgins, 26, came forward in February, sharing her account of how she went out for drinks with a colleague in March 2019, after which he assaulted her in the office of a former minister of the Defense Industry. Higgins went to police after the alleged attack, but dropped the case because she feared losing her job. At the time, she was also interrogated by her boss in the same room where she said the man assaulted her.
“Most cases of this nature do not end in a conviction,” Higgins Recount the New York Times earlier this year. “I’m telling my truth, and I know it’s the right thing to do.”
According to At the outlet, police informed the man on Friday that he was due in court next month for his arraignment. For the sexual assault charge alone, he faces up to 12 years in prison.
While the man only has to answer for Higgins’ allegations in court, so far his aren’t the only ones he’s faced with. After Higgins spoke out against the former government worker, three other women followed suit, who shared similar experiences. One of them alleged that the man bought her several pictures one evening, before bringing her back to her hotel room. The woman woke up half dressed, with the man lying on top of her.
Together, their stories leads to an account in the Australian Parliament, who also saw a whistleblower denounce members of parliament and government aides for things like masturbating on a lawmaker’s desk. The whistleblower also revealed the existence of a group of male government workers who allegedly shared explicit videos and footage of sexual acts with each other for years.
the Times reports that the government has “started numerous inquiries into parliamentary workplace culture”, but so far it appears that the only notable result has been the government’s introduction of a new policy requiring training in the workplace. ‘one hour in person on preventing sexual harassment. (“… Although there are few consequences for those who do not attend, the Times Remarks.)
Higgins may no longer be afraid of losing her job like she did two years ago – she has since quit her job – but her belief that cases like hers do not end in conviction and do not end in conviction. can lead to no consequences for anyone always seems frustrating. -based.