Category: Sex Offences

Outrage Over French Sexual Assault Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A number of recent ‘age of consent cases’ in France have triggered public outrage and drawn international criticism of the somewhat murky child sex laws the nation has in place. In response, the Macron government is currently drafting a bill aimed at addressing the issue, along with sexual harassment ...

Catholic Church: $30 Billion But Won’t Pay Child Sexual Assault Victims


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Wealthy, ruthless and immoral: these are some of the words used to describe the Catholic Church during the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Despite its wealth being comparable to some of Australia’s largest corporations, the Church has fought for many years against compensating victims ...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers


Being charged with a criminal offence can be nerve-wracking. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter such as drug possession, drink driving or common assault, or accused of something as serious as commercial drug supply, complex ...

Former NSW Police Officer Faces Sexual Assault Charges


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim 29-year old Vaughan Hildebrand is facing multiple charges of sexual assault arising from incidents that allegedly occurred during his time as an officer with the NSW Police Force. Hildebrand is charged with 51 criminal offences – including 15 counts of ‘sexual intercourse without consent’, 12 of ‘using a carriage ...

Vigilante ‘Paedophile Hunter’ Faces Court


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A self-proclaimed ‘paedophile hunter’ is facing criminal charges after performing citizens’ arrests on two men he claims responded to sting operations where he pretended to be a child online. The operations were reminiscent to those performed on the US television show ‘To Catch a Predator’. The incidents 42-year-old Adelaide ...

No More ‘Secret Confessions’, Cover Ups or Forced Celibacy


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Removing the sanctity of the Catholic confessional and making celibacy voluntary are two of the 409 separate recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, as its final report aims to provide a “safer future for children” in churches, schools and other institutions. The ...

Victims of Crime May Be Given Access to Perpetrators’ Super Funds


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, has announced a review of the laws governing superannuation with a view to allowing victims of crime to access the funds of perpetrators. Ms O’Dwyer noted that the rules regarding the early release of superannuation have changed very little since 1977, ...

When sending a ‘dick pic’ is not sexual harassment


A Coles baker who was fired for sending pictures of his penis to his manager has been cleared of ‘sexual harassment’. The story so far Brisbane man Jay Higgins was asked by his male manager via text message to provide a medical certificate for an injured thumb. The baker replied by sending a “picture of ...

Criminalising Sex Workers Leaves Them Vulnerable to Attack


At around 12.30 am on June 24, a security guard opened the door to an apartment in Enfield, north London, and a group of five men wielding knives entered the premises. Ms Maria Benito (not her real name) was taken into a room by one of the men, who demanded she give him money. The ...

French Court Finds that Sex with Child Wasn’t Rape


In NSW, it is a crime for a person to have sexual intercourse with another who is under the age of 16-years, or 18 if there is a relationship of ‘special care’. Similar ‘age of consent’ laws apply in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. However, no such age of consent applies in ...