Australian woman to lodge police complaint over alleged rape in parliament

Brittany Higgins to make formal police complaint about alleged rape at Parliament House

Brittany Higgins asks police to reopen rape investigation and hits out at Scott Morrison

Liberal party staffer Brittany Higgins, who has made shocking claims that she was raped in the defence industry minister's office in Parliament House in March 2019. The alleged crime was reported in the media this week.

In a statement released this afternoon, Ms Higgins said she would proceed with the complaint about the alleged incident in a building she said should be "the safest building in Australia".

"I want a comprehensive police investigation into what happened to me on 22 and 23 March 2019 and for my perpetrator to face the full force of the law", she said.

'Secondly, given my experience, I am determined to drive significant reform in the way the Australian Parliament handles issues of this nature and treats ministerial and parliamentary staff more generally. 'I have waited a long time for justice, ' she said.

"I just remember feeling so-I'm sure they were saying words but I barely remember a single word they said during that entire process", Higgins said.

"On Monday April 1, I met with Brittany and my then former chief-of-staff".

The AFP has been approached for comment.

In her statement, Higgins said she has advised the Prime Minister's Office that she expected to have a voice in framing the scope and terms of reference for the review, ABC reported.

Ms Higgins later moved to the office of Employment Minister Michaelia Cash's office, with Ms Cash's office claiming it only recently found out the specifics of the alleged rape, reports.

Her statement came amid fresh allegations, based on text exchanges, that Morrison's office was made aware of the rape allegation soon after the incident.

Mr Morrison announced from Monday there would be three counsellors at Parliament House for MPs and their staff and a counselling phone service.

While the messages appear to confirm her account, the Prime Minister wants the nation's top public servant to review communication records.

Mr Morrison denied he had misled the public and maintains he is horrified by the allegations.

She revealed the detailed steps she took when she learned that a potential sexual assault was involved including urging Ms Higgins to go straight to the police. "I don't believe that agency was provided to me over the past two years but I seize it now", she said.

Ms Higgins issued a new statement today after questions emerged over her own account of contact from staffers working in the Prime Minister's office and differing recollections of what occurred.

She said that from the outset of going public about her alleged rape, she had done so with the aim that no other person should go through what she had experienced.

I was failed repeatedly, but I now have my voice, and I am determined to use to ensure that this is never allowed to happen to another member of staff again.

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has declared the Morrison Government has "questions to answer" over its conduct in relation to an alleged rape and urged the Prime Minister not to engage in victim-blaming rhetoric.

'It just doesn't stack up'.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters is not satisfied by an internal review into the text messages, and will push for a public inquiry into the alleged rape and response when parliament resumes next week.

In addition to an independent investigation into what happened to me, I demand a significant review into the conditions under which ministerial and parliamentary staff are employed and how we can do better.

"I didn't know that security guards let me into Minister Reynolds suite".

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