'Silver Lining': Woman Who Had Her Bottom Pinched By Cop Says Fight Is Not Over
Paralympian Kathleen O'Kelly Kennedy was posing for a photo at a charity wheelchair event when she was pinched on the bottom by the police officer she had asked to take a photo with.
The cop at the centre of the 2017 incident, Sergeant Andrew Ramsden, was charged with unlawfully and indecent assault-- but he has always insisted his actions were just a joke.
Recalling the incident to The Project on Friday, Kennedy said she was left shocked when the officer, allegedly whispered in her ear "I hope you take this the right way", before grabbing her right butt cheek.
But two years after he was first charged, Ramsden was found not guilty, after a judge ruled there was no sexual intent to the bottom-pinching.
In Western Australia, in order for an assault to be found "indecent", there must have been a sexual connotation to the action and it must have offended the community's standard of appropriate behaviour.
Kennedy said when the incident occurred she immediately told the officer that his actions were not funny and "not okay".
But in her judgement, Magistrate Michelle Ridley said that by today's standards "the thought of a pinch on the bottom is almost a reference to a more genteel time."
In an era of twerking, grinding and easy access to pornography, something like pinching someone on the bottom seems to have lost its overtly sexual connotation.
Just two months after the judgement was handed down, Kennedy described the moment as feeling like she had been "re-violated."
"I really felt that again someone was suggesting that I just need to take someone touching in that way on a private part of my body 'the right way,'" she told The Project.
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While her own case has now come to a close, Kennedy has vowed to fight to change the way similar cases are dealt with in the future and has put together a petition to change Western Australia's sexual harassment laws.
"I’m a firm believer in silver linings and I know I didn’t get the outcome that I wanted and or that I would’ve liked to see but it doesn’t mean that some good can’t come out of me coming forward," Kennedy said.
Catch the full interview on The Project from 6:30pm on 10.
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