#AceNewsRepor t- Mar.20: In a Facebook post, Ms Bush detailed a number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, including claims that a speaker at a Young Australian of the Year conference in Canberra pinned her to a wall and attempted to kiss her:
Queensland MP Jonty Bush details alleged sexual assaults, harassment in Facebook post: ‘She said the recent outpouring of women sharing their own experiences prompted her to break her silence ABC News reports
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“So many of us are living with the trauma of sexual harassment or assault. It’s something that’s always there, a shadow we can’t shake,” she wrote.
“And we rarely talk about it, like really talk about it. Our shame protects them and imprisons us … we have to try to stop doing this.”
‘He was at least twice my age’
Ms Bush said the first incident occurred when she was just a teenager.
Sixteen years old and living out of home, she wrote that a friend’s father gave her alcohol at a party and engaged her in conversation.
“I woke up with him on top of me in the early hours of the morning,” she added. “I froze until he stopped.”
She said she “never found the words” to disclose the alleged assault to her friend “before she later suicided”.
Years later, during a speaking appearance at the Young Australian of the Year conference in Canberra, Ms Bush said a speaker who she had spent time swapping ideas with invited her up to his room to grab a business card.
But when they entered, she alleged the man “closed and locked the door behind me, pinned me to the wall and attempted to kiss me”.
“He was at least twice my age — by this time I’d known him for perhaps two hours,” she wrote.
The Queensland MP went on to detail an incident with a “respected, warm, caring and intelligent” professor with whom she worked.
While on a work trip, Ms Bush said she went to the man’s room to borrow some toothpaste, when he invited her in.
“We sat on the couch and talked about the day,” she wrote.
“The moment was so inconspicuous, so when he turned to me and said, ‘So, are we going to f*** or what?’ I was caught completely off guard, both with what he said and with the ease at which he said it.”
‘It’s heartbreaking to see so many of us having similar stories’
Ms Bush said her experiences were “not unique”, and urged leaders to “confront this issue … rather than treating it like an annoying distraction”.
“This is why so many women marched across the country this week,” she wrote in reference to the Women’s March 4 Justice rallies held across Australia.
“It’s time the Prime Minister understood what so many people are living with. It’s time for us as a society to see as well.”
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It follows criticism levelled at Scott Morrison on Monday, after he said it was a triumph that protesters outside Parliament House weren’t “met with bullets”.
Canberra has been rocked by recent allegations of rape and sexual harassment within political circles, placing it under increased scrutiny.
While lamenting the pervasive nature of sexual harassment, Ms Bush — who has received a groundswell of support online — said she was glad women were “supporting each other”.
“It’s heartbreaking to see so many of us have similar stories,” she wrote.
“But I’m glad we are sharing them and supporting each other.”
Queensland Labor MP Jonty Bush reveals horrific sexual abuse in Facebook post PerthNow reports
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Jonty Bush’s revelations follow a chorus of similar disturbing stories from Queensland MPs in the wake of the March 4 Justice movement.
The revelations come in the wake of March 4 Justice and follows an outpouring of similar horrific stories from Sunshine State parliament colleagues of assaults perpetrated against them.
Ms Bush, through a Facebook post published on Thursday night, said she was inspired by women coming forward and shining a light on a “shadow we can’t shake”.
“We rarely talk about it,” she said. “Our shame protects them and imprisons us.
“I stand with the women who are breaking their silence. We all have our stories, here are some of mine.”Jonty Bush has detailed her experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
The Member for Cooper posted that a friend’s father gave her vodka at just 16 at a party under the guise of an adult taking an interest in the life of a young woman living out of home.
“I woke up with him on top of me in the early hours of the morning, I froze until he stopped,” she said. “I never found the words to tell my friend before she later suicided. I didn’t go to her funeral.”
During a speaking appearance in Canberra as Young Australian of the Year, Ms Bush said she was invited up to the room of an international speaker much older than her after she asked to swap contact details for professional purposes.
“But when we got there he closed and locked the door behind me, pinned me to the wall and attempted to kiss me,” she alleged.
Ms Bush said the abuse extended to a recognised professor she worked alongside, who was “respected, warm, caring, and intelligent,” and spoke regularly about family.
“One night while on the road together for work I went to his room to borrow some toothpaste,” she said.Jonty Bush is the Labor member for Cooper.
“He invited me in, we sat on the couch and talked about the day. The moment was so inconspicuous, so when he turned to me and said “so, are we going to f*ck or what?
“I was caught completely off guard both with what he said and with the ease at which he said it.
“The only words I could find was to ask a colleague to never leave me alone with him again.”
The Labor MP said the abuse began as a young girl when a male friend attempted to take advantage of her while intoxicated and “tried to put his hand down my jeans”, but extends right through her life on a near-daily occurrence.
“Wolf whistles, gestures, suggestions,” Ms Bush said.
“My experiences are not unique — so many women have these stories. Which is why, when the Prime Minister of our country stands up and essentially says ‘nothing to see here’ we survivors are so damn triggered.”
Scott Morrison was criticised for refusing to attend a March 4 Justice rally earlier this month in Canberra, instead telling parliament similar marches are “met with bullets” elsewhere.
The remarks led to Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese saying the Prime Minister “completely missed the moment”.
“They invited every member of parliament to go out and to listen, and I think it would have been good if the Prime Minister had been prepared to do that,” he told 6PR Radio.
“They want the doors to be open and for people to be listened to.”
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