A jury has been told a culture of silence among political staffers stopped Brittany Higgins from reporting her alleged rape inside Parliament House.
Brittany Higgins to take stand at Lehrmann rape trial
Brittany Higgins is set to give evidence as the first witness in the trial of a former Liberal staffer accused of raping her.
Bruce Lehrmann is being tried in the ACT Supreme Court, overseen by Chief Justice Lucy McCallum. He has pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent.
Higgins alleges the incident occurred in March 2019 inside the Parliament House office of then defence minister Linda Reynolds after a night out with Lehrmann and their colleagues.
During a police interview recorded in February 2021 and played for the jury on Tuesday, Higgins said she did not immediately report the alleged rape because of the culture of silence among political staffers.