Sex Offences

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

Written by Sophie Parsons, Senior Associate, In-House Counsel, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers The Federal parliament has introduced legislation addressing child sexual offending known as the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection...

What are the defences to a rape charge?

Written by Bill Doogue, Director, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers 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...

Defending against child porn charges in Victoria

Written by Andrew George, Director, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers 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...

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Suspension of reporting obligations under the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 – What are the benefits?

Written by Bill Doogue, Director, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Let’s make something clear at the outset… not all people on the Sex Offender Register are the same. As per section 6 of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 (‘the...

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Sex offender travel ban a sweeping populist move

Written by Bill Doogue, Director, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers A recent SBS investigation Australian paedophiles still trying to travel overseas despite passport ban outlines the new legislation banning registered sex offenders from traveling outside of Australia in reference to...