Category: Sex Offences

Cardinal George Pell

George Pell’s Appeal Against Convictions for Child Sexual Abuse Fails


A majority of a panel of Supreme Court justices has rejected the appeal by George Pell against his convictions for child sexual abuse. The decision means that Mr Pell, who has already spent 24 weeks in prison, has been ordered to serve a full term of six years in prison, although he will be eligible …

#MeToo: Male Model Accuses Katy Perry of Sexual Misconduct


A model in megastar Katy Perry’s 2010 hit music video, Teenage Dream, has accused the singer of exposing his penis to a group of people. 34-year old Josh Kloss took to Instagram on Monday alleging that he and Ms Perry met several times after the singer divorced from actor Russell Brand and that, during one …
Doctor examination

The Offence of Sexual Assault in New South Wales


A Sydney doctor has been sentenced to a minimum term of 11 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual offences against 10 patients over a six-month period between September 2016 and March 2017. 62- year old Sharif Fattah was found guilty in May 2019 of 13 counts of sexual assault and five of …
Sydney ferry

Elderly Man Charged with Committing a Sexual Act During a Ferry Ride


It has been reported that a 70-year old man will face Downing Centre Local Court on 7 August 2019 for allegedly committing a sexual act while travelling on a ferry from Manly to Circular Quay. According to police, at around 7.30pm on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, a 47-year old woman witnessed the ‘a man seated …
Volleyball player

The Offence of Sexual Intercourse With Young Person Under Special Care


A Western Australian volleyball coach who engaged in sexual relations with a 16-year old he was coaching has been given a suspended prison sentence, despite the judge accepting that he was unaware it was a criminal offence. The 39-year old coach – whose name has been suppressed to protect the teen – pleaded guilty to …
Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton’s Demonisation of Rape Victims is “An Absolute Disgrace”


Peter Dutton has been widely criticised for making unsubstantiated claims that sexual assault victims on Nauru were “trying it on” by seeking abortions in Australia. The Home Affairs Minister saw fit to demonise victims of heinous sexual crimes such as aggravated sexual assault leading to pregnancies, taking the position that they should have their abortions …
Incest

Mother of ‘Incest Family’ Granted Bail


The 52-year old matriarch of a rural Australian family has been granted bail in the Supreme Court of New South Wales after spending 14 months behind bars. The woman, given the pseudonym ‘Betty Colt’, was arrested in April 2018 and charged with five counts of perjury for allegedly making false statements under oath. She is …
Sexual harassment at work

Law Firm Boss Ordered to Pay for Sexually Harassing Employee


As the Australian legal profession grapples with the issue of bullying and harassment in the workplace, the principal of one NSW law firm has been ordered to pay damages to an employee for ongoing sexual harassment. Ordered to pay damages The head of a boutique law firm in Bangalow, near Byron Bay on the far …
Church seats

Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Can Now Sue the Church


The ‘Ellis defence’ once prevented victims of child sexual abuse from suing unincorporated organisations such as the Catholic Church. But as of 1 January 2019, legislation came into effect which requires those organisations to nominate a defendant with sufficient funds and assets to pay a victim’s claim. Putting the changes into practise Last week, Victorian …
Strip searches

Strip Searches: State-Perpetrated Sexual Acts


NSW police use of strip searches hasn’t just risen in recent times, but almost become routine. Over the four years ending in June 2018, its general use rose by 47 percent, while last year, 11 percent of persons in respect of which a drug detection dog made a positive indication were ordered to remove their …