Category: Child Sex Offences

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 ...

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 ...

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 in criminal ...

How Young is Too Young To Testify in Court?


A statement from a two-year old girl is being credited for leading to the child sexual assault conviction of her alleged abuser. The girl is believed to be the youngest person in the United Kingdom to give a statement to police, and the incident has triggered debate about the desirability of young children providing statements ...

Tough New Laws for Child Sex Offenders


The Federal government has announced tough new laws for sex-offenders – purported to be the harshest since the establishment of the Criminal Code Act in 1995. The proposed legislation, called Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill, will make it more difficult for alleged child sex offenders to be granted ...

Priests Should be Prosecuted for Failing to Report Child Sexual Assault


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended that clergy who fail to report child sexual assaults disclosed during religious confessions should face criminal charges. The Commissioners heard evidence that confessions of child sexual abuse were not reported to authorities, and says that protecting children ...

Police DNA Bungle Clears Alleged Child Abusing Priest


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Victorian Police have admitted a major bungle of DNA evidence that led to several key suspects being ruled out as suspects in the brutal 1980 murder of Melbourne mother Maria James. The murder investigation hinged on a bloodied pillowcase, which was used to establish the DNA profile of the ...

Cardinal Pell Charged with Multiple Child Sex Offences


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Victoria Police have confirmed that Australia’s highest ranking Catholic has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, including one of rape, in relation to allegations of criminal conduct in the 1970s. The charges follow months of speculation about whether police would follow through on the complaints against the Cardinal, ...

Prosecuting Potential Predators: Government Passes ‘Carly’s Law’


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In 2007, 15-year old Carly Ryan was murdered in South Australia by 47-year old Gary Newman – who created more than 200 fake online profiles of young men to prey on underage girls. Carly’s mother, Sonya Ryan, later established the Carly Ryan Foundation which campaigned tirelessly for the introduction ...