Abuse ‘victim’ achieving closure
FIONA Barnett says it's not so important to her that her shocking child abuse allegations are believed but that they are investigated.
The Banora Point resident is either an attention-seeking fancifist, or she has lifted the lid on a toe-curlingly evil VIP paedophile network that has been operating in Australia with impunity for decades.
Her recent claims of being raped from the age of four at "pedophile parties" attended by elites in the arts, sporting, political and legal arenas were reported by the biggest news outlets in the country.
The mother of two addressed journalists in Sydney outside the Royal Commission into Child Abuse claiming that she had witnessed countless incidents of child abduction, rape and murder as a child victim of an international sex trafficking ring.
The Survivors Network of Those Abuse by Priests (SNAP), asked her to speak out after Liberal senator Bill Heffernan publicly claimed to have a police list of 28 prominent Australians involved in a child abuse ring.
Yet this is by no means the first time Ms Barnett has revealed the shocking details of her childhood abuse. Her detailed accounts have been online for years.
And she says since 17-years-of age she has reported her abuse to health care professionals, the NSW and Australian Federal Police and the royal commission but they have never been taken seriously nor properly investigated.
After years of "begging police to take my statement", Ms Barnett last week provided details of her allegations to the Sutherland Shire police at their request.
It's the region where she grew up and where she says much of her abuse took place.
She says she was mocked when she tried to give her statement to Tweed Heads police in 2008.
SNAP says it has heard from other alleged victims of the VIP child abuse ring Ms Barnett was targeted by.
"I remember as a kid I made a commitment that one day I'm going to tell everyone about this," the 46-year-old told the Tweed Daily News.
Last week she did an interview with an online radio station with an audience of millions.
The recent exposure means she is now cautiously confident that the momentum is unstoppable and will build until her claims are analysed.
"Why should we believe you?" a journalist asked her at the Sydney press conference.
Ms Barnett's response: I'm not asking you to believe me, I'm asking you to investigate my allegations.
"It's outside there sphere of personal reference so they don't believe it they go, 'well it can't have happened. I can't see any evidence of it in my life'," she says of skeptics.
"People limit reality to their personal experience and that's wrong."
After being "therapised to death" the recent attention she's been able to garner for the scourge of child abuse has seen Ms Barnett reach a new sense of contentment.
"For the first time I feel positive about my abuse experiences in a way," she says sipping tea at her suburban home.
"It's really weird. I feel as though this makes sense of my life.
"It's the feedback from victims. They're being energised by what I've done."