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This article was written by a former political staffer who worked for her local MP for 18 months. She joined the team as a way of serving her community but ended up shocked and disappointed by the experience.

This is the third part in a series. Read other insiders' views on ministerial mismanagement and abuse here and here.

As a survivor of sexual assault I am regularly "triggered" by stories like those of brave Brittany Higgins, but this past week I have found myself yelling at the television whenever the "rape in Parliament House" story is mentioned for a very different reason.