A second woman has come forward alleging that she was sexually assaulted by the same Liberal Party advisor who is accused of raping Brittany Higgins, saying she is angry at the federal government for their lack of action.
The second woman is a former Liberal Party staffer who spoke anonymously with The Australian, saying that she would not have undergone her own alleged assault if the government had addressed Higgins’ original accusation.
She said: “If this had been properly dealt with by the government in 2019 this would not have happened to me. I am telling my story because I want to support Brittany (Higgins) and I want to help shine a light on this awful culture.”
On Monday of this week, Brittany Higgins publicly disclosed her allegation that she was sexually assaulted in the Parliament House office of Defence Minister Linda Reynolds in March of 2019.
She said that she felt pressured to choose between reporting the attack and keeping her job, but has since asked the Australian Federal Police to proceed with an investigation into the alleged perpetrator.
An internal investigation is taking place to determine whether three senior Liberal staffers, including Scott Morrison‘s chief of staff, knew of the allegations prior to this week.