Category: Child Abuse Material

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How Are Prison Inmates Classified?


Andrew Peter Garforth, a current inmate at Goulburn prison has recently made headlines after it was announced that his security classification had been downgraded. Garforth was convicted in 1992 of the sexual assault and murder of a nine year old girl, Ebony Simpson. Ebony was on her way home from school when she was abducted, …
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Honest and Reasonable Mistake About Age in Child Sex Cases


Imagine this: You’re 17 or 18 years old and go out one night to a party with some friends, where you meet a person who says they are 16. You start chatting to them, one thing leads to another and you end up engaging in consensual sexual activity. The next day, the police come knocking …
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Are We Doing Enough to Protect Children from Abuse?


Are we doing enough to protect children from abuse? This question has recently arisen with the case of Bill Spedding, a washing machine repairman who police have named as a person of interest in the disappearance of toddler William Tyrell from the small NSW town of Kendall in September last year. In a twist to …
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No Prison for Child Sexual Abuse? Religious Leader in Hot Water over Controversial Views


Child sexual abuse is an epidemic that has plagued some of the most influential institutions in the country; including churches, schools and major sporting clubs. And as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the ‘RCIRCSA’)enters its second year, the number of complainants who suffered at the hands of adults whom they …
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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 …
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Psychiatric Clinic Knowingly Employs Child Sex Offender: Should People Be Given a Second Chance?


One Dutch psychiatric clinic which offers help from a Christian perspective has made headlines because of its decision to employ a psychiatrist who has a conviction for possessing a large quantity of child pornography. In 2012, he was found to possess over 66,000 items of child porn, including rape videos. After his conviction, the man …
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‘Elastic Heart’, ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’– Is the Sexualisation of Children in the Media Acceptable?


If you’ve been lurking the web lately, you may have seen or heard some of the public backlash against Sia’s controversial new video clip. The 39-year-old Aussie singer, who hails from Adelaide, attracted criticism last week when she released the clip for her hit single ‘Elastic Heart.’ The video features 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler dancing in …
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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 …
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Registered Sex Offender Caught By Virtual “Child”


Last month, a Brisbane man was convicted of a number of sexual offences after he was duped into performing a sex act in front of a computer-generated avatar of a 10-year-old girl. The fake child, known as Sweetie, was created by Dutch child rights organisation Terre de Hommes to catch child sex offenders who participate …
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‘Sextors’ receive jail time at Downing Centre Court House Sydney


With nude pictures of celebrities going viral, threats that there are more leaked images to follow, it is clear that technology can be misused in ways that invade personal and very private parts of our lives. Morally, there are many problems surrounding the transmission of sexual images, especially without the consent of the person in …