Friday, 21 December 2012

Nurse Alleges Red Cross Protected UN Rapist

Linda O'Brien alleges she was raped by a man who was working for a United Nations peace keeping mission in East Timor earlier this year. She's still waiting on the result of investigations which she says been inadequate. She spoke exclusively to SBS reporter Luke Waters.

AN Australian nurse's allegation that she was raped by a United Nations peacekeeper while working in East Timor is being investigating by the UN.
Linda O'Brien told SBS Television yesterday that she had been raped by a peacekeeper from a South American nation in East Timor in July.
Ms O'Brien said she had met her alleged attacker at a dinner party and they had gone back to her home, where they drank several glasses of wine before having consensual sex.
She says the rape took place after that.
The nurse reported the incident 28 hours later to her employer, the Red Cross. Ms O'Brien said the officials advised her not to report the matter to police.
However, Australian Red Cross head of international programs Donna McSkimming denies the allegation.
"There's absolutely no reason for the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) or Red Cross to hesitate in lodging a formal complaint in regard to a sexual assault," she told SBS.

In a statement to the network, the UN said its investigation was active and that it was being organised through its office of internal oversight.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs told AAP that the Australian embassy in Dili had not been approached to give consular assistance to Ms O'Brien.

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