We would like to understand what you have been through and/or witnessed as a survivor and/or ally
We know how difficult it is to speak out - and we'd like to be there for you, and help in any way we can. If you feel comfortable sharing your story with us, we'd like to understand your own experiences and how they've affected you.
Have you witnessed, or are you aware of, instances of sexual harassment, bullying, or other types of serious misconduct others have experienced?
Sexual harassment, bullying and other types of serious misconduct are endemic issues. As a survivor - or an ally - are you aware of instances where those around you have been harassed, bullied or vilified?
We are both also aware of how difficult it is to speak out. We would like to understand what obstacles you encountered, or were aware of, that did/you felt could make it difficult for you/others to speak out. Did these obstacles prevent you/others from speaking out, or did they prevent you/others from being able to report the full extent of the misconduct?
Do you believe power imbalances or power dynamics played a role in why the harassment/bullying/vilification took place? Did it have an impact on how the misconduct was/was not dealt with?
We want to get to know you, and create momentum for change together
What would you like to see change?
If you are a survivor, what would have made it easier or possible to discuss your experience? What do you think needs to happen now?
If you are an ally, what changes do you believe need to take place to best support survivors, and prevent further harassment, bullying and vilification.
Please share your opinion on the issues below so that we can lobby for the reforms that matter to you
More must be done to reach out to survivors and allies in a meaningful way, to inform advocacy for law reform and institutional change. We would like to help solve that problem. We need your input to accomplish that goal.
Political party responsibility
Political party responsibility
It's important to us that you feel comfortable - so we understand if you'd like to remain anonymous. But if you would like to, you can share your first and/or last name with us.
Without fully understanding the patterns of harassment, bullying, victimisation and other misconduct that exist in political parties/institutions/organisations/companies; it's difficult to understand the complex problems that exist, and how to go about fixing them.
We feel that the best way to start to try and fix this is by asking questions that can help us determine if there are particular groups or minorities that have suffered from harassment, victimisation, bullying, discrimination, or other misconduct more than others. Without this information, it is not possible to ensure these groups' voices are heard, and that the unique problems they face are understood.
So we would like to ask some demographic questions.
Please note that all of these questions are optional, but for the first two questions. These first two questions relate to political parties. They are mandatory because we believe the answers provided will help us to demonstrate to our politicians that change must happen, and that it must happen now.
Has the inaction/insufficient action of political parties in response to sexual harassment, bullying, or other types of misconduct impacted your political involvement?
Yes, it has meant I became less involved in a political party
Yes, it has meant that I am no longer an active member of a political party
Yes, although I am an active member, it has negatively affected my political future
No, it has not affected my involvement in a political party or my political future
Yes, an important reason that I do not want to be a member of a political party is the failure of political parties to deal with sexual harassment, bullying and other types of misconduct
No, although I am not a member of a political party, the reason for that is not because I object to the actions/inaction of political parties in response to sexual harassment, bullying, and other types of misconduct
If you selected 'prefer to self-describe,' please provide that description below.
If you selected 'an identity not listed' or 'prefer to self-describe,' please provide that description below.
If you live outside of Australia, please let us know what country you are from
Thank you so much for reaching out, and trusting us with your story. We wouldn’t be able to change the conversation without your contribution.
We’re working hard, and we hope we’ll have good news for you soon.
If you, or anyone you know needs help or support, it is only a phone call or message away:
Lifeline: Call 13 11 14, or chat online at
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Dhanya & Chelsey