A senior Queensland minister has revealed she was sexually harassed on two occasions, one when she was aged just 13 or 14.Health Minister Yvette D’Ath told of the experiences in a Twitter thread on Tuesday, the day after a series of protest marches under the banner March4Justice took place in Australian cities.
Those marches were held in protest after a federal parliamentary staffer alleged she was raped at Parliament House, and historical rape allegations were made against Commonwealth Attorney-General Christian Porter. This is an allegation Mr Porter has vehemently denied.
“It was incredible to be at the March yesterday in Brisbane,” Ms D’Ath wrote in the first of a trio of tweets.
“All of those strong girls & women. It was truly inspiring. We must all give a voice to our lived experiences. Only then will we see real change.”
“Here’s 2 of my experiences that I won’t forget,” she continued.
“As a 13 or 14 yr old a male family friend (father of 2) asked me for a kiss goodbye. I gave him a peck on the cheek. He said no I want you to kiss me like you would kiss your boyfriend.”
The minister also said an older man tried to kiss her when she was 18 in her workplace.
“At 18 a male twice my age came into my workplace & while alone in the office in a back room tried to kiss me. I quickly left the room. I was shocked & shaking. He left without saying a word & so did I (for 32 years). This has to STOP.”
Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman replied to the tweet thanking Ms D’Ath for sharing her story.
“Thank you for your bravery,” Ms Fentiman wrote.
“Your courage will empower and give so many Queensland women their voice and show them that no matter where you work, your background or who you are – we will not be silenced.”
The Brisbane rally drew thousands to the CBD, including Ms Fentiman and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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