The Liberal Party is startled by allegations that two young female staff members have been sexually assaulted while working for senior MPs
- Two women come forward and say they have been attacked by liberal staff members
- Chelsey Potter claims she was stuck and lifted her underwear
- Dhanya Mani claims that an employee went to her house uninvited and choked her
- The two women start a network for victims of political assault
Bombshell allegations of sexual violence have turned the Liberal Party upside down after two young women came forward and claimed they had been attacked while working for senior MPs.
One of the women claims that a federal minister has pinned her and taken off her underwear, while the other woman said that a liberal employee came to her house uninvited and choked on her.
Concern about culture within the Liberal Party has prompted a number of prominent members to advocate for change – including 50-year-old veteran Kathryn Greiner.
Chelsey Potter claimed that a high liberal party stopped her and took off her underwear
Chelsey Potter, who became a member of the Liberal Party at the age of 16, said she worked for a well-known minister when they were both in a house during a parliamentary session in Canberra.
She says that the senior member of the Liberal Party stopped her and took off her underwear.
& # 39; It was very fast and very suddenly and quite powerful. Only when I really started screaming did he stop and leave the room, & Mrs. Potter said The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Mrs. Potter said she had told a senior party member of the incident, and although he was initially supportive, he later called to see if she would speak about whether the party chose him for preselection.
Dhanya Mani, who joined the party at the age of 17, said she worked for the speaker of the New South Wales parliament when she was attacked by another Liberal Party employee.
She claims that the employee popped up at her home in 2015 uninvited and forced himself on her while he satisfied himself.
& # 39; I couldn't do anything else because my mind was completely empty and I was just very scared because it was on top of me & she said.
Dhanya Mani said she worked for the speaker of the New South Wales parliament when she was attacked by another Liberal Party employee
& # 39; At one point he put his hands around my neck and started choking me. At that moment I was no longer able to move. & # 39;
Mrs. Mani said she was & # 39; powerless & # 39; felt after she had told a senior female member of the Liberal Party, but was advised not to speak out because her reputation would be damaged.
Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Mani did not go to the police with their accusations against Mrs. Mani that she did not feel she could have dealt with it from a psychological perspective.
The two women set up a network for victims of sexual assault from both sides of politics with the support of a veteran Liberal Party member Kathryn Greiner.
She said that leadership on the issue of the prime minister must come down to change the culture in the party.
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