Former Liberal aide Brittany Higgins said she felt for two years that people only cared about her allegation that a colleague raped her because it happened in the House of Parliament

Ms. Higgins made a surprise appearance at the justice rally on Jan. March outside Parliament House in Canberra to urge leaders on both sides of politics “to stop shunning the issue and bypassing accountability” for sexual harassment and abuse in politics and the wider community

“I was raped by a colleague in the Parliament building and for so long it felt like the people around me just cared about what happened and what it could mean to them”She told the crowd of over 5000

“If they do not commit to addressing these issues in their own offices, what confidence can Australian women have that they will proactively address this issue in the wider community?” ???

She said there was a “confrontational sense of banality” and terrible acceptance of sexual violence against women in Australia that had to change

“We’re here because it’s unfathomable that we still have to fight the same stale, weary battle,” she said

Ms. Higgins sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment and sexual abuse when she went public with her allegations a month ago A colleague raped her in March 2019 in the office of her then-boss Senator Linda Reynolds.She said on Monday she felt at the time not being treated as a person who had experienced a life-changing traumatic event, but rather a political problem

Senator Reynolds, now Secretary of Defense, was taken on vacation 10 days after the story was published due to pre-existing heart disease

Since then, friends of a woman who allegedly was Attorney General Christian Porter raped her when he was 17 and she was 16 in 1988, and several MPs including Prime Minister Scott Morrison have informed Mr Porter, of the on vacation for mental health strongly denies the allegations

He has now launched a defamation campaign against the ABC because of his first story about the letter from friends

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Katina Curtis is a political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age at Parliament House in Canberra

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