Delays in reporting alleged rapes are common — even years later. This isn’t a barrier to justice

Bri Lee, Jonathan Crowe, Rachael Burgin

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Abstract

[Extract] On Friday, an anonymous letter was sent to the prime minister’s office alleging a current federal cabinet minister raped a woman in 1988.

This was followed two days later by an email alleging another “historical” sexual assault at the hands of a now-MP for Labor.

Both letters come in the wake of Brittany Higgins’ allegations of rape in a minister’s office at Parliament House. These disclosures have contributed to the discussion around the culture of sexual harassment and bullying in Australian politics.

The latest allegations have also raised questions about so-called “historical” cases of rape and sexual assault and the challenges of investigating them and pursuing justice after so many years have passed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2021

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