ALL THINGS NICE?
I asked them to wait for a few moments so that I could try to locate someone from SIU. I spoke to (the alleged assailant) and told him the situation. He gave me a copy of the form which (the young woman) had signed on 7/3/00. He remembered the Home Visit and (the young woman) being upset. He told me that (his superior) was on leave til 13/7/00 approx. He suggested that perhaps (name excluded) Regional Manager might deal with the case.
I returned to the interview room and gave a copy of (Redacted) form to (the young woman). I explained that there was nobody from SIU other than (the alleged assailant) available in the office. The couple became very upset at this stage. I offered four times to make an appointment for them to see the Regional Manager (name excluded) they did not listen. (Young woman's partner) said that (section redacted), that his partner had been sexually assaulted and (section redacted). I said that I was trying to be objective. I could see that (the young woman) was upset and that I was doing everything I could to help them.
At this stage I terminated the interview as we were getting nowhere (section redacted) as the atmosphere was very hot and the rest of the staff had left the office. I helped them out with the child's buggy and in doing so knocked (the young woman's) partner on the ankle. I apologised and said that it was unintended. '(The young woman's partner) at this stage became very abusive and said that I had reduced (the young woman) to tears. I did not see any evidence of this. (The young woman) said that (the alleged assailant) had singled her out gained access to her home and all he had wanted had been sex. I made no comment. I asked the service officer to see them out.
She always introduces herself. The allegation that she was going to have him "thrown out" was ridiculous. She acknowledged that she had accidentely hit the buggy against (young woman's partner) when they were leaving the building and that she commented to him that she hoped this (the minor accident with the buggy) didn't constitute an assault.
(The Local Office Manager) had in fact mentioned all this to me in a previous conversation which predated out interview of 7 September with (the young woman). The remark by the Manager was made in light or jocular vein and was intended to break the tension. It was perhaps an ill-judged comment but I am satisfied it was spontaneous and well-intentioned.