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Catholic Priests Refuse to Report Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
South Australian Catholic priests say they will defy a forthcoming state law which will require them to report information received during past or present confessions about child sex abuse. The South Australian Catholic Church has made it clear its members...

Pell to Stand Trial over Child Sexual Assault Allegations

by Sonia Hickey
The Melbourne Magistrates Court has committed Cardinal George Pell to stand trial over multiple historical child sexual assault allegations. Magistrate Belinda Wallington found there is enough evidence for Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial. However, the court discharged...

‘Naked Bikie’ Granted Bail Over Allegations of Possessing Child Abuse Material

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Police have charged one of Australia’s most notorious biker club members with possessing child abuse material, after detectives allegedly found explicit images on his hard drive. It has been reported that 41-year old Erkan Keskin’s computer was seized along with...

Catholic Church: $30 Billion But Won’t Pay Child Sexual Assault Victims

by Sonia Hickey & 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...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. 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...

No More ‘Secret Confessions’, Cover Ups or Forced Celibacy

by Sonia Hickey & 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...

French Court Finds that Sex with Child Wasn’t Rape

by Sonia Hickey
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...

How Young is Too Young To Testify in Court?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Tough New Laws for Child Sex Offenders

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Priests Should be Prosecuted for Failing to Report Child Sexual Assault

by Zeb Holmes & 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...
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