Tue. May 17th, 2022

Lisa Wilkinson has revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault as a teenager.

The project host, 61, speaks about the ordeal – which she suffered under a friend’s father – for the first time prior to her upcoming memoir.

Wilkinson says she was inspired by the bravery of Brittany Higgins, a former Liberal employee who claims she was raped in Parliament in March 2019.

Revealing: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault as a teenager

Revealing: Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault as a teenager

‘I actually did not want to write about it and I only made that decision earlier in the year after witnessing Brittany’s incredible courage [Higgins], Lisa told Stellar Magazine Saturday.

‘I thought if [women] do not come forward and do not show how incredibly common these experiences are, then the perpetrators win. ‘

‘And I could not be a party to that,’ she added.

Inspired: Wilkinson says she was inspired by the bravery of Brittany Higgins (pictured), a former liberal employee who claims she was raped in Parliament in March 2019

Inspired: Wilkinson says she was inspired by the bravery of Brittany Higgins (pictured), a former liberal employee who claims she was raped in Parliament in March 2019

'I actually did not want to write about it and I only made that decision earlier in the year after witnessing Brittany's incredible courage [Higgins], 'Lisa told Stellar Magazine

‘I actually did not want to write about it and I only made that decision earlier in the year after witnessing Brittany’s incredible courage [Higgins], ‘Lisa told Stellar Magazine

Previously: The project host, 61, speaks about the ordeal - which she suffered under a friend's father - for the first time prior to her upcoming memoir.  Depicted as a teenager

Previously: The project host, 61, speaks about the ordeal – which she suffered under a friend’s father – for the first time prior to her upcoming memoir. Depicted as a teenager

Lisa will document her assault in her new memoir, It was not meant to be like that.

Higgins shocked the nation earlier this year when she claimed she was raped by a colleague in former Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds’ office after a lavish evening in March 2019. She complained to police in February.

Bruce Lehrmann, who is currently in Queensland, is accused of having intercourse without consent in the House of Commons in March 2019.

'I thought if [women] do not come forward and do not show how incredibly common these experiences are, then the perpetrators win.  And I could not be a party to that,

‘I thought if [women] do not come forward and do not show how incredibly common these experiences are, then the perpetrators win. And I could not be a party to that, “she added

Shock: Higgins shocked the nation earlier this year when she claimed she was raped by a colleague in former Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds' office after a lavish evening in March 2019. Pictured meeting with opposition leader Anthony Albanese in Sydney in April

Shock: Higgins shocked the nation earlier this year when she claimed she was raped by a colleague in former Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds’ office after a lavish evening in March 2019. Pictured meeting with opposition leader Anthony Albanese in Sydney in April

The 26-year-old faces a charge of sexual intercourse without consent, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Attorney John Korn, acting for Lehrmann, told the ACT Magistrates Court in September that he was instructed to plead guilty.

Lisa has been candid about the case, and in March she appeared at the Australian protest rally in March4Justic, where she read a speech written by Higgins.

Speaking: Lisa has been candid about the matter, and in March she appeared at the Australian March4Justic protest, where she read a speech written by Higgins.  The picture together

Speaking: Lisa has been candid about the matter, and in March she appeared at the Australian March4Justic protest, where she read a speech written by Higgins. The picture together

'The first phone call I made after I was asked was to Brittany Higgins,' she told The Project at the time.  'I felt it was really important that Brittany's words were heard'.  Brittany Higgins is pictured at Canberra March 4 Justice on March 15

‘The first phone call I made after I was asked was to Brittany Higgins,’ she told The Project at the time. ‘I felt it was really important that Brittany’s words were heard’. Brittany Higgins is pictured at Canberra March 4 Justice on March 15

‘The first phone call I made after I was asked was to Brittany Higgins,’ she told The Project at the time.

‘I felt it was really important that Brittany’s words were heard tomorrow.

‘Brittany said yes and she has written the most powerful words for me to deliver in Canberra tomorrow. So I feel very honored to be able to be her voice. ‘

In July, Lisa spoke of her ‘heartache’ for Bill Cosby’s victims after the disgraced entertainer was released from prison due to a technical nature.

Family: Lisa and her husband Peter FitzSimons, 60, (right) are parents of three grown children, daughter Billie, 23, and sons Jake, 27, and Louis, 25

Family: Lisa and her husband Peter FitzSimons, 60, (right) are parents of three grown children, daughter Billie, 23, and sons Jake, 27, and Louis, 25

She posted Instagram to blow up the controversial decision to free the 83-year-old comedian following his 2018 sexual assault conviction.

‘I am crushed today for every woman who suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby …

‘And for every survivor of sexual assault who has felt unheard of, not believed or by one of many, many causes have simply not been able to tell their story. See you, ‘she wrote.

Lisa and her husband Peter FitzSimons, 60, are the parents of three grown children, daughter Billie, 23, and sons Jake, 27, and Louis, 25.

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Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine with Lisa Wilkinson on the cover

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine with Lisa Wilkinson on the cover

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