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Bill Cosby Faces Multiple Civil Lawsuits Over Sexual Assault Claims

by Sonia Hickey
Former Hollywood actor and comedian Bill Cosby is back inside the courtroom, this time over claims he sexually assaulted a person considered to be a minor in California.   The former celebrity was released from a federal prison last year...

Court Dismisses Application to Halt Brittany Higgins Sexual Assault Trial

by Sonia Hickey
The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has dismissed an application by Bruce Lehrmann’s criminal defence team for a permanent stay of proceedings on the basis that the intense and prolonged publicity would make it impossible to find...

Former NRL Player Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former NRL player Tristan Sailor has been found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault. The jury took less than two and a half hours to return the verdict, in a Downing Centre District Court trial which spanned past several weeks. ...

The Historical Offence of Act of Indecency in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The New South Wales Premier has demanded the resignation of former Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward, who has been charged with historical sexual abuse offences. The 40-year old member for Kiama stepped down from his portfolio...

Hillsong Church Admits Founder’s ‘Indiscretions’

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Hillsong Church has admitted to a global staff meeting that its founder Brian Houston made ‘indiscretions’ against two women.  The announcement was made by the current head of the organisation, Phil Dooley, at an extraordinary meeting of 800 global staff...

Child Pornography Offences in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
More than 100 Australians have been arrested and charged with child-pornography related offences.  The arrests were made as part of an international investigation that has been ongoing since 2019, following information that people were sharing child abuse material in a...

Is it Fair for a Defendant to Face a Third Criminal Trial?

by Sonia Hickey
Jarryd Hayne will face a third trial after a successful application to the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.  The former NRL star was released on bail from Cooma Correctional Centre last month after having his previous convictions for...

Sexual Consent Education to be Introduced into Australian Schools

by Sonia Hickey
Around this time last year, Chantel Contos began a discussion on social media about sexual assaults within schools, and the lack of consent education for teenagers.  As the conversation went viral, teens and young women came forward with accounts of...

Jarryd Hayne Wins Appeal

by Sonia Hickey
Jarryd Hayne has had his sexual assault conviction quashed on appeal and a retrial has been ordered.  The former football star was convicted last year of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, which is also known as sexual assault. ...

Sexual Violence Supports Need Strengthening, Say’s Full Stop Australia’s Hayley Foster

by Paul Gregoire
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data last week outlining that police agencies had recorded 53,570 sexual assault offenders over the ten years ending in June 2020, which included a 13 percent increase in the number of male offenders. This was...
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