Kathy, who was allegedly raped by Bill Shorten outed herself in an interview with News Ltd which was published on Thursday (2/10/14). She in effect said that the police covered it up with one example being that they failed to interview all the witnesses. This is consistent with numerous other rape cover-ups by the Victoria Police. One victim, Jemma Ewin, was awarded $500,000 compensation in August this year.
The rape allegation against Bill Shorten is a ticking time bomb that is getting louder and louder and will not go away and it got a lot louder when Kathy outed herself in the media this week. When it goes off is anyone’s guess but it will be sometime between now and the next federal election.
This website has covered the rape investigation since last November with numerous posts (Click here to read) and I will continue to do so because it has numerous ramifications for federal politics. The reporting of the investigation also shines a spotlight on the failings of the mainstream media and the rise of people using social media in their attempts to get justice.
Key point – Kathy has done at least three interviews and has not asked for money.
Kathy (she asked that her last name is not published) has to my knowledge not asked for money for any interviews and that gives her more credibility than if she had asked for money. It also points to her wanting justice and nothing else.
Kathy raised the rape allegations on Facebook last year and then made a police complaint. The Mainstream media reported the a “A SENIOR Labor figure is under investigation by Victoria Police after it was alleged he raped a teenager” in November last year but did not name him even though Bill Shorten was being named on social media. I published my first post on the 29th November 2013 naming Shorten.
On the 21st of August this year Shorten outed himself after it was reported that the police would not be charging the “SENIOR Labor figure”.
On Thursday News Corp published their interview with Kathy. (Click here to read) Part of that interview is in the below video.
On the same day News Corp published their story Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10 ran with stories. Radio Stations 2GB (click here) and 3AW (Click here) broadcast interviews with Kathy on Friday (3/10/14). None of them added a lot of additional information but worth noting because it shows the story is growing
Jemma Ewin and other Victoria police rape cover-ups
It was reported on the 14th August 2014 on the ABC’s 7.30 Report program:
“It was a sexual harassment case that set a new landmark in compensation. This week the Federal Court upheld a half million-dollar payout to Jemma Ewin, who suffered repeated unwanted sexual advances from a co-worker. Despite the hefty civil penalty, a criminal charge of rape was never brought because of a lack of evidence. Jemma Ewin now wants an inquiry into why it the police didn’t proceed in the hope it might encourage more women to report sexual assault.” (Click here to read the full transcript or watch the report)
So the question has to be asked why did the Victoria Police never charge Claudio Vergara with rape? The police at one stage even told Jemma Ewin that they felt she had made it up yet she able to get compensation of $500,000 in the Federal Court for the rape that the Victoria police said she made up.
Mrs Ewin’s lawyer, Rod Keuris said of the police investigation “they were more trying to disprove the matter than prove the matter”
In another case in 2009 also on the 7.30 Report:
“A woman, we’ll identify only as ‘Kate’, who claims she was raped by a Carlton player, says she was offered $20,000 by Victoria Police after it bungled its investigation of the case, and rejected it. There has since been a settlement.” (Click here to read more)
Both cases sound very similar to Kathy and her allegations that the Victoria Police did not do their job properly and covered-up the allegations against Bill Shorten.
Political impact – Sacking Bill Shorten
The Labor Party is in crisis at the moment even if they do try to appear united. They all know they can not go to the next election with Shorten as leader because if they do the biggest issue during the campaign will be the rape allegations. And they need a new leader now to give them as much time as possible to build support with the voters.
All Shorten’s enemies in the Labor Party have more fire-power than they need now to get rid of him. But do they have the stomach for the fight?
Next step for Kathy is quite possibly civil proceedings and then what does Bill do? Fight the claim and have it drag on for a long time, maybe up to and past the next election and in voters minds? Or does he settle, which will be seen as an admission of guilt by many voters no matter what spin Bill puts on it.
Another possibility is the Kathy could institute criminal proceedings herself where there is no statute of limitations. That would be the biggest danger of all for Mr Shorten.
Kathy is not going away
Imagine being a Labor Party candidate knowing every time you make a public appearance at the next election campaign it is almost guaranteed that you will have to lie and deceive on behalf of Mr Shorten about the rape. And you know that the public are not going to believe your garbage.
Once Shorten breached Crisis Management 101 and failed to go on the front foot and deny the allegations publicly last year he lost the battle. Anyone in Crisis Management will tell you that and from here on in Shorten is fighting a losing battle.
It’s up to Kathy whether or not she takes any further action but that does not mean Bill Shorten is off the hook if further action is not taken. Voters will want answers and a fully detailed account of what did or didn’t happen before they vote at the next election. And giving a fully detailed account will not happen as it is too dangerous for Shorten as he might get caught out lying and it will not save his political career anyhow. Bill Shorten has to make a move but what does he do? Whatever he does do is a huge risk but to do nothing is worse.
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