‘Seen as ob­ject’

Waikato Times - - News -

A for­mer naval of­fi­cer who has al­leged rape and mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment while on de­ploy­ment in Bri­tain yes­ter­day told the Court of Ap­peal she was seen as an ob­ject to be tar­geted and con­quered. Hay­ley Young was al­lowed to make a brief state­ment to the three judges hear­ing her ap­peal in Welling­ton that she should be al­lowed to bring her case for com­pen­sa­tion in New Zealand. She said the pur­pose of rape was al­ways about power and con­trol and while she was a su­pe­rior rank, her au­thor­ity was not re­spected. The at­tack took place af­ter months of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse by male col­leagues, she said. Last year, the High Court ruled the New Zealand sec­tion of the case could be heard here but not the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled at the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment. The Court of Ap­peal yes­ter­day re­served its de­ci­sion.

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