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Child Sex Offences

The Offence of Disseminating, Possessing or Producing Child Abuse Material

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Australian Federal police have arrested 44 men across the country, including eight from NSW who are alleged to belong to an international ring sharing child abuse material. The AFP’s special unit, called the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE),...

Court Enables Child Sexual Abuse Victims to Sue Catholic Church

by Sonia Hickey
The Supreme Court of Victoria has overturned a deed of release signed by a victim of child sexual abuse, who was paid $32,500 by the Catholic Church in 1996 in exchange for his silence and no further legal action. The...

The Offences of Procuring and Grooming Children for Sexual Activity in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In recent weeks, New South Wales Police officers have made three separate arrests in relation to alleged online grooming, and have warned the public to be vigilant as reports of child exploitation have almost doubled over the past few months....

NSW Police Officers Charged with Sexually Assaulting and Filming Schoolgirl

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
They take an oath to uphold the law and protect the community; a community that pays over $3 billion every year in New South Wales alone for their service. But, there are dozens of examples of police officers who have...

‘Paedophile Priest’ Released from Prison

by Sonia Hickey
Catholic Church Priest Vincent Ryan has been released after serving 14 months in prison for the historical sexual abuse of two altar boys. Unfortunately, it’s another case of historic child sexual abuse where the perpetrator barely suffers consequences, while the...

Complainant’s History of False Sexual Assault Allegations is Inadmissible

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In a recent decision, a five judge bench of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) ruled that legislation which prevents criminal defence lawyers from asking questions to complainants in sexual assault cases about their sexual history extends...

What is the Offence of Grooming a Child for Unlawful Sexual Activity?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The Jeffrey Epstein case has all the hallmarks of the conduct exposed by the #MeToo movement: A wealthy man in a powerful position taking advantage of vulnerable young women. But there is a significant difference. In the case of Jeffrey...

Former NSW Labor MP Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Documents presented in the Newcastle court today allege that former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos repeatedly sexually assaulted an 11-year old boy while serving as a Lake Macquarie Councillor. The 62-year old has already served 11 years after he was...

The Law, Penalties and Defences for Sexual Intercourse Without Consent

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
For the past few years, Prince Andrew has been embroiled in allegations that he was a participant in a child sex trafficking network headed by the late American businessman Jeffrey Epstein. US prosecutors have been pursuing the Prince for some...

Child Sexual Assault Network Smashed, AFP Reports

by Sonia Hickey
A police investigation being led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) claims to have uncovered a national network of alleged child sex offenders, accused of sexual assaulting and abusing children as young as four years old. Two of the men...
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