BEX BAILEY, A Labour party activist, who was a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee – has told all about being raped when she was 19 at a Labour Party event.
Bailey said when she reported the incident to Labour top brass, she was warned about reporting the attack.
Miss Bailey said she was told reporting the 2011 incident could “damage” her and that she was given no advice on what she should do next.
Now aged 25, Bex has said she is speaking out to urge changes to the way such cases are handled.
Bailey, was 19 when she was raped by someone senior to her within the Labour Party who she says was not an MP.
She said she had “tried to pretend it hadn’t happened” and did not report the attack to the police at the time.
“I was scared, I felt ashamed, I know that the Labour Party, like any family, loves a good gossip – and I didn’t want people to know and I also was worried that I wouldn’t be believed if I did,” she said.
“It took me a while to sum up the courage to tell anyone in the party,”
“But when I did, I told a senior member of staff, who told me… or it was suggested to me that I not report it, I was told that if I did it might damage me – and that might be their genuine view, it might be that that was the case in which case that shows that we have a serious problem in politics with this issue anyway.”
Ms Bailey said she was not given good advice and was “not signposted to anyone else that could”, and there seemed to be no procedure to report the incident.
“I don’t think I was even given a cup of tea at the time,” she said.
“It was quite a horrible experience and this is why I’ve been fighting so hard for changes to the way that we do this.”
“It’s important that we need to make sure that this results in actual change in our parties as well as in Parliament, rather than letting it all blow over,” she said.
Ms Bailey said she had seen “a lot of brave women” speak out in recent days and weeks.
“I just really hope that all the horrible things that we’re seeing will at least result in some sort of change in our parties as well as in Parliament.”
A Labour Party spokesman said: “The Labour Party takes these allegations extremely seriously. It takes great courage for victims of rape to come forward – and all support must and will be made available to them.
“We would strongly recommend that the police investigate the allegations of criminal actions that Bex Bailey has made.
“Labour will also launch an independent investigation into claims that a party employee acted improperly over these 2011 allegations.”
Labour added “robust procedures” both “inside as well as outside Parliament” is needed and Jeremy Corbyn has written to members urging anyone with a complaint to come forward using “confidential party procedures”.