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Parliamentary Service staff member stood down after assault allegation

News from the Office of the Speaker
A member of the Parliamentary Service staff has today been stood down, following an historic allegation of assault.

The Speaker Trevor Mallard said today: “I do not want to cut across any employment or possible police investigations, but I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Service has removed a threat to the safety of women working in the Parliamentary complex.

“I want to thank the staff member who has come forward, and encourage any other person who has been assaulted to contact the Safe to Talk hotline 0800 044334 or txt 4334, the police or General Manager of the Parliamentary Service.

“Because the matter is now under investigation, no further comment will be made.”

Report from RNZ
Mr Mallard said a female staff member came forward following his interview with RNZ on Wednesday morning in which he said he believed there was a rapist on the premises. The woman made a complaint to the Parliamentary Service general manager and the matter is now an employment investigation.

Mr Mallard said it was not his role to refer it to the police – that was for the woman who came forward to do.

The Debbie Francis inquiry into bullying at Parliament, released yesterday, revealed three allegations of sexual assault described as extremely serious.

Mr Mallard said he understood the allegations were all about the same man who has now been stood down.

He said he stood by his comments this morning that the sexual assault was tantamount to rape. “It is an assault of a sexual nature. Anyone who has been involved in looking at the rape law would be aware of the definition of rape in New Zealand.”

Mr Mallard said he couldn’t give an absolute guarantee to women that Parliament was a safe place for them to work.

“Clearly we have a lot of work to do coming out of the review around attitude, but what I can give an assurance is that one of the key dangers is no longer in the building,” he said.

2 comments:

  1. Linda Clark, 22. May 2019, 18:46

    Please media friends don’t try to identify the complainant involved in the Parliamentary sexual assault allegations. This stuff is too hard already. Don’t make her feel more afraid. [via twitter]

     
  2. Mikaela, 23. May 2019, 12:22

    As a former staffer I’m glad the alleged parliament rapist has been stood down. But please let’s not allow that story to cloud the wider toxic culture issues. It was never just about one predatory man. [via twitter]

     

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