A lawyer in the UK who has worked for decades in legal aid said she has been targeted for sexual abuse.
Sarah Jones said she was targeted by men who threatened to ‘steal’ her work from her if she didn’t give them what they wanted, in a story published on The Independent.
“They said they were going to get a woman they knew in the law office and get her pregnant and then have sex with her in front of her,” Ms Jones told the BBC.
“It’s just gross.”
Ms Jones said the abuse started when she was 20 years old and continued throughout her career.
“I had my first encounter with one of these guys when I was 21 and he had been on my lap all my life,” she said.
“He was my friend.
He was my mentor.
He started making comments about me and my family and he told me to ‘get a job’ and then I got on my knees and cried.” “
The next time he saw me was in my office and he was so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing.”
He started making comments about me and my family and he told me to ‘get a job’ and then I got on my knees and cried.
He asked me if I was a lawyer and if I wanted to take his girlfriend to dinner. “
After a year I was working in a bar and he asked me to take a drink.
She said she felt ‘incomplete and empty’ when she reported the rape. “
Then he made me take the drink and he started kissing me and touching me and making comments.”
She said she felt ‘incomplete and empty’ when she reported the rape.
“At that point I didn’t have any agency, I was just a victim,” she added.
‘Unacceptable’ behaviour The woman, who has since remarried, said she had no choice but to speak out because of the impact it would have on her career and her family.
“These men are very predatory, they don’t respect the law,” she told the ABC.
“This is unacceptable behaviour and I would say it’s a clear indicator of what happens in a criminal context.”
I can’t believe that women can’t speak up, but I think there’s a way out.
“The ABC contacted the office of the British High Commission in Sydney but did not receive a response.
I think you should speak to my manager about this and I think he can help me,'” she said, adding that the woman was eventually given support from a social worker. “
One of the first things I did was to make sure my manager saw it and I said to him ‘I’ve had this conversation with the manager.
I think you should speak to my manager about this and I think he can help me,'” she said, adding that the woman was eventually given support from a social worker.
The Independent has contacted the High Commission for comment.
‘We need to be doing more’ In an interview with the BBC, Ms Jones described the abuse as “gross and unacceptable”.
“I felt completely helpless and powerless.
It was like a prison cell,” she continued.
“When I told my colleagues about it, they said it was ‘normal’ and that it’s not a big deal.”
The abuse happened in a private office in a quiet part of the town and I just had no way of knowing whether it was going to affect my career or my career prospects.
Ms Smith, who is now living in a different town, said it is her belief that the abuse was likely to have happened at the law school where she worked. “
That’s the first thing that comes to my mind, is, ‘We are going backwards’.” The Independent contacted the law firm of Jones & Partners LLP for comment but has not received a response yet.
Ms Smith, who is now living in a different town, said it is her belief that the abuse was likely to have happened at the law school where she worked.
“We are all guilty of this,” she explained.
“Women are vulnerable and it’s our responsibility to be aware of this and protect them.”
Ms Quinn said the issue needs to be addressed in a national debate, not in the courts.
“For me, the issue is not whether you consent, it’s what’s happening to you,” she advised.
“If we have this culture of sexual violence, where it’s OK to take sexual advantage of women and it is OK to prey on vulnerable people and then get away with it, then we’re in trouble.”
Ms Youngs said there are no easy answers, and that the perpetrators must be caught and brought to justice.
“Sexual abuse is unacceptable in any workplace and when we hear about other workplace incidents where perpetrators have been punished, we are all to blame,” she warned.
“There is no one way to protect women, but we have to recognise that it is the responsibility of the workplace and the law to protect the people who are vulnerable.”