Sex Offences

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Changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 2021

Changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 2021 Information that could identify a victim of a sexual offence is considered restricted information under Victorian law. The rationale for this has been to protect privacy and anonymity of victim-survivors and ensure...

Affirmative Consent

Affirmative Consent In late 2021, when it seemed like questions of consent were everywhere – consent to vaccines, to mask-wearing, to QR codes – a series of consent law reforms were being discussed in government. The Victorian Law Reform Commission...

Sex Offender Registry: Why It Needs Flexibility and Judicial Discretion

Sex Offender Registry: Why It Needs Flexibility and Judicial Discretion An article was published in the Herald Sun 2 days ago stating that “sex offenders could live free and unchecked under a radical series of recommendations”. The Herald Sun reports...

Victim of Stealthing Who Gave No Affirmative Consent

Stealthing and Affirmative Consent

Stealthing and Affirmative Consent Amendments will be introduced in Victoria in 2022 that make ‘stealthing’ explicitly a crime and introduce ‘affirmative consent’. These amendments were recommended by the Victorian Law Reform Commission. The VLRC’s report, ‘the Justice System Response to...

Consent in Sex Matters

Consent in Sex Matters What is consent in a Sexual Assault case? The definition is surprisingly complex. If a person charged with sexual assault of an adult held a reasonable belief that the person who alleged they had been sexually...

Sexual penetration of a child under 16

Mandatory Child Sex Offence Laws

Mandatory Child Sex Offence Laws The Federal parliament has introduced legislation addressing child sexual offending known as the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019. The new laws amend the Crimes Act 1914 (Crimes...

What are the defences to a rape charge?

What are the defences to a rape charge? Being charged with a serious sexual offence, particularly rape, can be devastating. In order to understand your chance of beating a charge, it’s important to look at the defences to rape that...

Defending against child porn charges in Victoria

Defending against child porn charges in Victoria Offences relating to child abuse material (“child pornography” charges) are some of the most widely condemned in the country. As a result, being charged with an offence of this sort can be life...