Brittany Higgins Wiki – Brittany Higgins Bio
Brittany Higgins, a former federal ministerial staffer plans to re-instigate a police complaint that she was raped in Parliament House in Canberra.
Higgins alleged, on Channel Ten’s The Project, she was raped by a male colleague in the office of the then-Defence Industry Minister, Linda Reynolds, after a night out in the weeks before the 2019 election was called.
She is 26 years old.
Brittany Higgins Raped
The former staff member, Brittany Higgins, now 26, said she was attacked nearly two years ago after a night out drinking with colleagues.
Ms Higgins, who came forward in an interview published on the news site news.com.au on Monday, had been weeks into a new job as a media adviser for the defence minister, Linda Reynolds.
She said she had been offered a ride home by a male colleague widely regarded as a rising star within the Liberal Party.
Instead, he redirected the taxi driver to Parliament House, where, she said, he assaulted her after she had fallen asleep on a couch in the defence minister’s office.
Ms Higgins, who told news.com.au that she had been drinking heavily that night, woke up “mid-rape,” she said.
She told her assailant to stop, but he did not look at her, she said. She has not publicly identified the man.
Ms Higgins said she had quickly informed Ms Reynolds, along with more than a dozen others, including Parliament House staff members.
In response to a phone call from The New York Times, Ms Higgins’s partner relayed comments from her by email.
Ms Higgins said that although she had initially pursued charges with the police, she later dropped them because of internal pressure from the party.
She said she had been made to choose between going to the police and keeping her job.
Documents reviewed by The Times confirmed that Ms Higgins had ceased pursuing the case with the police in April 2019, citing “current workplace demands.”
The case remains open, but it is not under active investigation, given that there has been no formal complaint from Ms Higgins, according to a statement from the police in the Australian Capital Territory.
The government, which called the allegations “deeply distressing,” said in a statement to the news media that it “regrets in any way if Ms Higgins felt unsupported through this process.”
But it maintained that she had been encouraged by Ms Reynolds to speak with the police “in order to assess the options available to her.”
The defence minister did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.