Joined Jan 30 2013
I am a former NSW police force member medically discharged in March 2012 due to PTSD.
Whilst employed I was subjected to sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation by the male members I worked with within a small office. This exacerbated my PTSD to the point of where I could no longer work. I orginally made an unofficial complaint to a female sergeant who basically sided with the males I was complaining about.
Once I made this unofficial complaint the males ostrocised me, made degorgative remarks about me and basically made it extremely difficult to continue to work.
I made an official complaint to the regional proffesional standards officer who then sent my complaint back to my LAC to be investigated. The males and others lied, denied their behaviour and made up stories about myself and another female collegue who had been subjected to the same treatment as myself.
My complaint was not substantiated due to their unethical behaviour regarding the investigation. By this I mean all parties involved. I took this further to the anti descrimination board and then onto a date for arbitration court was set.
Prior to court the NSWP wanted to settle the matter out of court which was the final outcome. I was happy with this as I felt validated and I knew the truth of what had gone on from the beggining of my journey as I call it. I knew the NSWP would not have a case in court as it is very different being in a witness box and lying to typing it out on a peice of paper.
My journey still continues I try to manage my PTSD and also try to deal with the fact that I lost my career. I do not hear from so called friends I had in the police and often get informed of how I was a dog making my complaint.
I would love to hear from others who have suffered similar circumstances and I am happy to have found this website as I know I am not alone.