Labour activist Bex Bailey warned by senior official not to report rape at party event
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Labour activist Bex Bailey has said in an interview with Radio 4 that she was raped at a party event in 2011 and a senior official told her that reporting the incident could "damage" her. She was not advised on how to proceed. Bexley, formerly a member of the party's National Executive Committee, was 19 years-old when the incident happened, the attacker was senior to her but not an MP. She confided in a party official, two years after the event. "I was scared, I felt ashamed, I know that the Labour Party, like any family, loves a good gossip - and I didn't want people to know and I also was worried that I wouldn't be believed if I did. "It took me a while to summon up the courage to tell anyone in the party,
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