The ACT Greens recognise the devastating impact of sexual assault, harassment and violence on women and are committed to doing everything we can to support women in our party and in the community who have been the victims of violence, harassment or assault; and to prevent sexual violence from occurring.
The ACT Greens were made aware of serious incident in July last year. This allegation was responded to immediately by the ACT Greens Campaign Manager who met with the person concerned to offer support and find out what steps they wanted the party to take.
Those steps were taken, and the alleged perpetrator of the incident was stood down from volunteer responsibilities and has not volunteered with the party since. Our priority was, and is, to support the woman involved in whatever action she chooses to take.
We are very distressed for the woman concerned and for any members of our party who have experienced violence, harassment or assault. The ACT Greens continue to offer our support to the woman concerned in whatever action she wishes to take.
The ACT Greens understands the incident is subject to an investigation by ACT police. The party has cooperated with all requests for information, and will respect the ongoing police investigation.
The ACT Greens are also deeply concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of the members of our Greens community, and are in the process of updating our policies and procedures to ensure best practice, and that all members of our party are safe and supported in their involvement with the ACT Greens.
We once again apologise for any distress experienced by members of our Greens community, particularly those directly involved with the in alleged incidents.
The ACT Greens are committed to ensuring that everyone who offers their time and support to volunteer with us feels safe and supported in the party. We have taken immediate steps to respond to all feedback and concerns that were raised with us.
National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling service is available on 1800 Respect or 1800 737 732
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