Staffer resigned after bullying rape in New Zealand's parliament resulted from bullying investigation
- The name of the parliamentarian who is charged with sexual assault is not disclosed
- Spokesman Trevor Mallard published a report on bullying in parliament
- The investigation also revealed 14 allegations of female assault in the building
- The defendant was resigned after reporting that he was still an employee
A New Zealand MP was dropped on a historic sexual assault allegation hours after the house spokesman suggested that a man accused of attack may still be working in the building.
Spokesman Trevor Mallard, who oversees Parliament's day-to-day operations and security, released a damn report this week on bullying and harassment among employees and politicians working in The Beehive.
The independent investigation, which did not identify or identify any of the complainants or suspects, has also included 14 allegations of women of sexual assault in the district in recent years.
A member of the New Zealand Parliament (photo) was dropped after allegations of sexual abuse
Mr Mallard announced on Wednesday that a member of the country's parliamentary service had resigned and an employment investigation had been launched after another employee filed a historical complaint.
"The Parliamentary Service has addressed a threat to the safety of women working in the parliament complex," said Mallard.
He had previously said the report had given the impression that at least three reported cases were rape and he believed that the only male offender could still work in parliament.
"We are talking about serious sexual assault. For me it's rape, ”he told Radio New Zealand on Wednesday.
"I have a feeling that the man is still on the premises."
"We are talking about serious sexual assault. Well, that's rape for me, ”House spokesman Trevor Mallard told Radio New Zealand
He declined to say whether the person who resigned was the subject of these allegations, while officials said the suspended employee incident had previously been investigated, but not as a rape allegation.
The allegations raised serious concerns about security in New Zealand's chambers of power on Wednesday, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she asked for assurance that the workers were safe.
“First of all, we have to make sure that the victims get the support they need, but that in fact everything has to be decided by them. The decision to report to the police is ultimately up to you, ”Ms. Ardern told the media.
"The responsibility – regardless of your decision – lies with (us) making sure that this is a safe work environment."
Deputy opposition leader Paula Bennett asked the spokesman to call the police immediately, despite privacy concerns.
"I'm not saying they should get the victims out. Victims have an unlimited right to privacy, ”Ms. Bennett told reporters.
"But I also have concerns on behalf of the people who work here that they feel that there is a known perpetrator of a crime and that they feel insecure."
The police declined to comment.
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