Labor politician Dr Anne Aly has called on people to stop making excuses for men after revealing a harrowing list of times she's been sexually harassed.
"I've been harassed in the boardroom, in the park, on the bus, in the street, in Australia, in Egypt, in Spain, in Italy," Aly said. "Wherever I've been."
Aly is a survivor of domestic violence and has previously spoken about escaping her violent marriage. She said people had blamed her for continually receiving unwanted attention from men because she was being "overly friendly".
"Like it's my fault they're stupid," she told ABC's Q&A program on Monday night.
Aly said she thinks society has made too many excuses for men accused of serious sexual assault allegations, including US President Donald Trump and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
"It's not OK to keep making excuses for people," Aly said.
The West Australian politicians comments come as tens of thousands of women recount the times they've been sexually harassed or assaulted by men on social media with the hashtag #metoo, created by American actress Alyssa Milano.
"I think that's what happened with Donald Trump and the campaign. He said, 'It's something I said 10 years ago.' As if it was just words."
"What it comes to is this pervasive culture about how we view women's bodies and how we view women and how we treat them and the men in power in the case of Harvey Weinstein...or Donald Trump."
She's said she thinks it is time for widespread cultural change, because women are too afraid to speak out when they're harassed.
"Women are afraid to say something incase they're labelled the trouble-maker or the loud one or the witch or the one who can't take it. We need to stop. Enough is enough."
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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