Saxon Mullins, now 23 years old, waived her right to anonymity and chose to speak publicly about one of Sydney’s most high-profile sexual assault cases.
In 2013, Mullins, then 18 years old, alleged that 21-year-old Luke Lazarus raped her in an alleyway behind Soho nightclub in Kings Cross.
Lazarus was found guilty in 2015 and sentenced to five years prison. His legal team then appealed the decision and in May 2017, NSW District Court Judge Robyn Tupman found Lazarus not guilty. He served 11 months of his original sentence.
The verdict was met with public uproar, with many baffled by Judge Tupman’s statement: “Whether or not she consented is but one matter. Whether or not the accused knew that she was not consenting is another.”
It was during this time that ABC reporter, Louise Milligan, first spoke to Saxon Mullins.
You can listen to our interview with Louise Milligan, in full, below.
Over a period of more than 12 months, Milligan attempted to include Lazarus and his family in the Four Corners investigation, but ultimately they declined.
On this week’s episode of Mamamia Out Loud, we spoke to Milligan about her work on ‘I am that girl’, and asked why the Lazarus family chose to not be involved.
“We got in contact with them around the same time that I first met Saxon, because my view about all of this was, I’m sure that there are very interesting things Luke Lazarus could say in all of this,” Milligan said on the podcast.