The letter forwarded to the police contains a statement from the alleged victim who claims to have been raped in 1988 at the age of 16

Three law enforcement agencies have been informed of a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison alleging rape charges against a federal cabinet minister for his time prior to entering parliament

The ABC Four Corners first reported the letter on Friday night.It contained an attachment from a woman who had since died claiming she was raped in 1988.The letter asked Morrison to open an independent investigation into the alleged sexual assault

Senate Labor opposition leader Penny Wong and Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young also received the letter, telling Guardian Australia they passed it to the police
NSW police confirmed Friday night that the alleged victim had contacted them in February 2020 and told investigators on the child abuse and sex crime team that she had been raped by the man

NSW police set up Strikeforce Wyndarra to investigate the woman hired a lawyer and told friends about the allegation, but committed suicide in June 2020, the ABC reported

In a statement, NSW police said investigators were told last June that the body of a 49-year-old woman was found in a house in Adelaide by police in South Australia

The investigation was then suspended, the woman failed to make a formal statement in February 2020 and NSW police were unable to complete the process prior to the alleged victim’s death four months later

The SA police “continued to prepare a report for the coroner,” said the NSW police

Wong told Guardian Australia on Friday evening that their office had “received an anonymous letter also addressed to Prime Minister and Senator Hanson-Young”

“The contents of the letter and an appendix, which appears to be a statement drawn up by the complainant, relate to an allegation of rape,” Wong said in a statement

“I understand that the complainant reported this allegation to the NSW Police and South Australian Police. I forwarded the letter to the NSW Police, South Australian Police and Australian Federal Police to assist with any ongoing investigations be ”

Hanson-Young said on Friday evening, “I received information this morning about a disturbing and very serious criminal charge against a senior government official”

The Green Senator said she spoke to the police commissioner on Friday following the AFP commissioner’s advice to the prime minister this week – following Brittany Higgins allegations of rape – “now taking steps regarding that information undertakes “

In the statement attached to the letter, the alleged victim said she was anally raped by the man when she was 16 years old

“If this story becomes public, I hope it will encourage other women to get in touch,” she wrote

A friend of the woman told Guardian Australia on Friday that the alleged rape and death last year had been “a source of great fear for the many friends of the young woman concerned.” “All we wanted was justice for them – it seems we are somehow getting closer to that now”

For two weeks, the Morrison government has defended handling an allegation by Brittany Higgins – a former Liberal worker – that she was raped by another government official in Linda Reynolds’ office in March 2019

After Morrison publicly reprimanded Reynolds for not informing him of the alleged rape, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw wrote to Morrison and other MPs, underscoring the need to promptly report alleged sexual assaults to the AFP

In the letter sent Wednesday, Kershaw said MPs and Senators, their staff and offices “may receive complaints or allegations of sexual assault from various sources, including the victims themselves”

“Such matters should be reported to the AFP immediately, taking into account the rights and privacy of the victim and regardless of the jurisdiction in which the alleged conduct took place”

When asked about the allegation against a cabinet minister, a prime minister’s spokesman referred to the AFP Council that “reporting to the police is the way to ensure that alleged crimes are properly investigated”

They declined to answer any further questions about the historical rape allegations, citing Kershaw’s warning that “the decision to communicate or disseminate allegations through any other means, such as the media or third parties, would govern the subsequent police investigation could affect “

Police in South Australia said Friday night: “It is the coroner’s business and the SA police will not make any further comments at this point”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/26/cabinet-minister-accused-of-historical-in-letter-sent-to-australian-prime-minister-and-police