The Labor MP said she was “reprimanded” by Cambridge authorities rather than punishing her perpetrators as part of a two-year sexual harassment campaign in the 1990s
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Labour’s Stella Creasy was threatened with gang rape during a two-year campaign of sexual harassment at Cambridge University, she has revealed.
The lawmaker said college authorities “admonished” her rather than punishing the perpetrators when she filed the complaint after running for a student council role.
She said a culture of “privilege and entitlement” was behind the string of allegations of misconduct that politicians had shared recently.
And she warned that the issue is not just for Parliament.
Ms Creasy, now 45, said she remained “terrified” of seeing the men who went on to become doctors, civil servants and “overachievers”.
The MP said her first experience of sexual harassment was during her freshman year at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
She said it lasted from 1996 to 1998 and included a campaign of offensive posters when she ran for the role of president of the college’s student council.
Ms Creasy told GB News: “I will never forget the night I was in the same room with them all and they threatened to rape me.
“Not to mention the placards they put up around college when I had the audacity to run for a fraternity position and told people not to vote for me because who I slept with , and that happened at a college in Cambridge.”
She said sexual harassment remains a big problem in universities, adding: “I’m telling you this because I think the culture isn’t just in Parliament where there’s privilege and entitlement and honestly it’s always the men, which people think are least likely to be involved.”
In the interview with broadcaster and former Labor MP Gloria De Piero, Ms Creasy said she was reprimanded by college authorities rather than taking action against the people involved.
“I was stopped and reprimanded by the college authorities at the time because they chose to believe the idea that I was probably ‘an unfairly treated woman,'” Ms. Creasy said.
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“And, like I said, it took public humiliation and placards and eventually other people coming forward and me to gather the evidence – from all the notes, the spitting in my room, the rubbish thrown at me the sexual abuse and harassment when I tried to go into the bar that came from this group of young men.
“I’m in my mid-40s now and it’s the first time I’m really ready to talk about it.
“It was terrifying at the time, I’m scared I’ll ever meet these young men again.
“And I say that because a few years after I left university, that’s exactly what I did — I went to a bar and they were all sitting there, and I broke down inside and left as soon as I could.”
She later added that she was accused of trying to cause trouble for the men involved when she complained to a college admissions tutor while she was studying social and political science.
Ms Creasy, a prominent campaigner for women’s rights, including fighting for maternity leave for MPs, who entered the House of Commons in 2010, said the abuse will always affect her.
“But one of the things I want to say to women who have experienced these things in life and to women in Parliament now is that you will find allies, you will find those of us who are willing to stand by you because we know what it is, we know how hard it is and we know the impact it can have on you,” she added.
Cambridge University has been contacted for comment.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-mp-stella-creasy-reveals-26940427 Labor MP Stella Creasy reveals she was threatened with gang rape while at university