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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...

Should Child Sex Offenders Be Allowed to Rely on Otherwise Good Character?

by Sonia Hickey
The weight given to character references as a consideration in sentencing is at the heart of a battle brewing in Tasmania between a victim of sexual assault and legal groups.  The issue has come under the spotlight in the context of...

Catholic Church Liable for Child Sexual Abuse by Priest

by Sonia Hickey
In what has been described as an Australian ‘legal first’, the Catholic Church has been found ‘vicariously liable’ for the child sexual offences committed by notorious Ballarat offender, priest Bryan Coffey, more than 50 years ago. Father Coffey was convicted...

Sydney Christian School Faces Fresh Allegations of Child Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey
The Anglican school at the centre of several child sexual assault allegations is on the wrong side of the law once again. A former pupil of Trinity Grammar School in Sydney has alleged that he was repeatedly sexually assaulted in...

The Offence of Sexual Intercourse with a Child Under the Age of 10 Years in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Another former Catholic Brother has been sentenced to imprisonment for multiple child sexual offences. Systemic sexual abuse The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard accusations against thirty brothers from Kendall Grange Special School for Boys in...

New Laws Put an End to ‘Gag Orders’ on Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey
New South Wales Parliament passed laws this week which will allow courts to break unfair settlements and ‘gag orders’ placed on victims of child sexual abuse. Recommendation of the Royal Commission The issue of paltry settlements accompanied by strict non-disclosure...

Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston Charged With Concealing a Child Sexual Offence

by Paul Gregoire
Cofounding Hillsong pastor Brian Houston was charged by NSW police on 5 August, over his alleged concealment of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s, when the head of the Pentecostal megachurch became privy to the information in 1999....

When Can a Child’s Case be Hearing in an Adult Court in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Barney Wakes-Miller parents have been campaigning tirelessly for modifications to cars and changes to road rules, since he was killed in a car accident in July last year. His 17 year old friend, a P-plater, is accused to have been...

The Offence of Sexually Touching a Child Aged 10 to 16

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 42-year old police sergeant has been charged with three counts of sexually touching a child aged 10 to 16, as well as two counts of indecent assault. The officer, who is attached to the North West Metropolitan Command, was...

The Offence of Procuring a Child for Unlawful Sexual Activity in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
An award-winning pianist has been charged with 20 child sexual offences for allegedly grooming a 13 year old girl. 30-year old piano maestro Jeremy So has been accused of ‘manipulating and controlling‘ the young teen during a sexual relationship after...
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