‘Seen as object’
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.