A former 2Day FM staffer has accused a male executive of the company of raping him in 2013 in a blog post he made yesterday.
Blake Phillips was a senior video producer at the time that he alleged the assault happened and says that, while he filed a police report, he chose not to take legal action or make his accusation public out of “fear of what the media would say, what the public would think and how [his] identity that [he had] worked so passionately to earn would be taken further from [his] control into the summaries of sensationalised reporting.”
In the post, Phillips says that he has since come to regret not going public at the time:
How do I continue to exist in a world where those in direct power of your career, passion and livelihood turn that inherent respect of authority into devious control. I had no idea or capacity to research my rights at the time and now it makes me feel sick knowing how much better it could have been and will do everything I can to ensure others can also understand that what I am dealing with is despicable and torturous and this burden is not mine to carry.
He finishes the post by saying that he has asked to have the case looked into again:
Just before Christmas I re-opened my case with new detectives and will be standing by the truth. I am exploring all options of the law to set precedence for others who may find themselves somewhere in a similar lonely dark journey that can take years to recover from, if at all.
In a statement to News Corp, NSW Police said that “detectives from Sydney City Police Area Command are conducting inquiries into a reported sexual assault that allegedly occurred in August 2013.”
Southern Cross Austereo (the parent company of 2Day FM), issued a statement to News.com.au supporting Phillips’ claim that an employee was let go after the accusation was made:
In 2013, on becoming aware of the incident, SCA acted promptly by investigating and terminating the employment of the (staff member). SCA supported Blake including assisting him with his conversations with the police and providing him with extensive counselling. This support was ongoing for the duration of his remaining two and a half year employment, including his request to be relocated to another office within the company.
Phillips says he has experienced significant trauma following the alleged attack:
Being raped by your manager is horrific enough…But the real trauma can be in how you recover from that. Navigating years of suicide, medicating with self + prescription substances, amongst endless varieties of therapy to combat relentless anxious madness is no longer a worth while battle. No one wins, certainly not me.