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Catholic Priest Dies Before Being Sentenced for Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey
Disgraced former Catholic Priest James Joseph Cunneen, who was found guilty of indecently assaulting six teenage boys in New South Wales in the late 1980s, has died before he could be sentenced. 60-year old Mr Cunneen was due to be...

The Offence of Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein has been charged in Los Angeles with felony offences including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. Charges were laid just hours after Mr Weinstein appeared...

The Law, Penalties and Defence for Sexual Touching in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
It has been reported that at around 7.30pm on Friday, 27 December 2019 a 41-year old man from Hurstville Grove in Sydney’s south stopped an 18-year old door-to-door salesperson as she was walking on a street, lured her into his...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Making a False Accusation in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that a 19-year old British student is facing up to 12 months in prison after being convicted of ‘public mischief’ for falsely claiming that 12 Israeli men gang-raped her in Ayia Napa, a resort town on...

Indonesia Pressures Foreign Teachers to Take ‘Gay Test’

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The Indonesian government is putting pressure on foreign teachers to take a test which it says can determine whether a person has ‘abnormal’ sexual desires. Reports suggest that the exam ask questions such as “agree or disagree: I would feel...

George Pell’s High Court Appeal: Last Throw of the Dice

by Sonia Hickey
The High Court of Australia will hear George Pell’s application for ‘special leave’ (permission) to appeal, which if granted will provide him with the last throw of the dice to have his convictions for historical child sexual offences overturned. High...

Sexual Assault Investigation into Julian Assange Dropped

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Swedish prosecutors have formally dropped their investigation into an allegation that Julian Assange sexually assaulted a woman in Stockholm ten years ago, conceding the evidence is too weak to support a prosecution. The allegations In 2010, Swedish prosecutors issued an...

Catholic Church Forced to Pay Victim of Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey
A man who was sexually assaulted as a child by notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale will receive up to $3 million in a landmark legal settlement with the Catholic Church. The financial settlement is the in which the church has...

NSW Police Officer Sent to Prison For Blackmailing Women Into Sex

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former New South Wales Police officer, Vaughan Mark Hildebrand is behind bars, serving a 20 year sentence for his “cunning, calculating and manipulative” crimes. The former policeman pleaded guilty to 44 charges, including 11 counts of sexually assaulting four women....

George Pell’s Last Bid for Freedom

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Making the deadline by just one day, lawyers for George Pell have filed an application for ‘special leave’ (permission) to appeal to the High Court of Australia, seeking to persuade the court there are legal grounds to hear the appeal...
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