Category: Consent

Bullying and Harassment Rife Within the AFP


Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, who conducted an investigation into the Australian Defence Force in 2011, has released her report into bullying and harassment within the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Ms Broderick’s investigation, commissioned by AFP Chief Andrew Colvin, has taken six months to complete and included more than 1,000 interviews with officers and ...

Do People Lie About Sexual Assault?


Incidents of sexual assault have been widely publicised in the media following a number of high-profile cases, including that of Kings Cross nightclub heir Luke Lazarus. Data published in 2014 indicates that Australia has a huge problem with sexual assault – with 1 in 5 Australian women, and 1 in 20 men, reporting experiencing some ...

Should the Government Control the Sex Lives of Consenting Adults?


The media hype right now may circulate about “Fifty Shades of Grey” coming to big screen, but anyone with a law degree will no doubt remember an equivalent case in the criminal law component of their studies. The case of R v Brown [1993] 2 WLR 556 is certainly one of the more interesting cases ...

Blurred Lines: Consent in Sexual Assault Cases


Sexual assault is defined by the law as having sexual intercourse with another person without their consent, and knowing that they have not consented. In many sexual assault trials, questions are raised about whether the person charged honestly believed that the complainant was consenting, or whether they were reckless to the possibility that there was ...

Should Teenagers Who ‘Sext’ Each Other be Considered Criminals?


Although sexting has been around for years now, many teenagers are not aware of the legal implications of exchanging explicit images, and run the risk of damaging their futures as a result. The use of mobile phones is believed to have been responsible for a huge leap in the number of people charged in NSW ...

What is Sexual Incitement?


All of us are aware that touching someone sexually without permission is against the law and carries harsh penalties, but you may not realise that encouraging someone else to commit a sexual offence can also lead to criminal charges and potentially harsh penalties. Sexual incitement is an often-misunderstood charge, but it is one that seems ...

Citizens Catching Criminals: A Good Or Bad Thing? The Tinder Experiment


There’s no doubt that the increased use of technology in our everyday lives has in many ways been a good thing. It’s now easier and faster than ever before to shop online, catch up with friends and take care of banking and other routine tasks from behind the screen. But advances in technology have also ...

What Does Criminal Law Say on Consent?


Sexual offences in NSW come with harsh penalties and it is vital that defendants seek representation from criminal defence lawyers who are experienced in sexual assault cases. Depending on the severity of the offence, a person convicted of sexual assault faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, with a set non-parole period which means ...