Category: Indecent Assault

Sexual assault

Lawyer Guilty of Sexual Assault


A 35-year old lawyer from London is facing prison time after his drunken behaviour got out of control at a Christmas Party at the prestigious London Rowing Club, leading to convictions for ‘racially-aggravated assault’ and ‘sexual assault’. Festive celebrations went horribly wrong for lawyer Alastair Main in December 2015 when an Australian woman in her …
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Hyde Park Rapist Loses “Incoherent” Appeal


Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenager in Hyde Park in Sydney has lost his appeal case. Joseph Stephen Rosenburg argued that the 18-year-old girl had lured him into the park in an elaborate scam to get his DNA. Rosenburg was sentenced to a maximum of 11 years imprisonment in …
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Abolishing the Partial Defence of Provocation: An Interview with Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon


The partial defence of provocation can be argued in a court of law when a person who’s killed another claims to have been provoked by the deceased in such a way that they lost self-control and were therefore less culpable for their actions. Provocation can reduce a murder charge to one of voluntary manslaughter. The …
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Sexual Harassment Rife Within the Legal Profession


The legal profession is reeling from media reports that it’s an industry where sexual harassment thrives and very little is done about it. The claims, made on the ABC’s 7.30 Programme, are backed up by research conducted by the Law Council of Australia which found that almost one in four female lawyers say they have …
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‘Epidemic’ of Sexual Offences on Public Transport


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim A number of recent cases have raised concerns about the prevalence of sexual offences against women in taxis and on public transport. A Sydney taxi driver was recently charged with indecently assaulting a 19-year old woman at the end of an evening trip from Burwood to Abbotsford. The driver …
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Predator Dentist Allowed to Work with Children


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Australia is renowned for its strong approach to border protection, with tough immigration laws making it difficult for many to settle in our country. However, government authorities have been criticised after allowing a dentist convicted in the United States of several child sex offences to live and work here. …
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Bullying and Harassment Rife Within the AFP


Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, who conducted an investigation into the Australian Defence Force in 2011, has released her report into bullying and harassment within the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Ms Broderick’s investigation, commissioned by AFP Chief Andrew Colvin, has taken six months to complete and included more than 1,000 interviews with officers and …
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Restorative Justice – Does It Really Work?


If you had been physically or sexually assaulted, would you ever consider facing the person who assaulted you to tell them how the incident had impacted upon your life? Such a situation might seem confronting, but for some it offers a valuable opportunity to gain some recognition from the perpetrator without having to go through …
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Is Being Aggressive Illegal?


An Australian man flying home from Chile last October had an unexpected layover in New Zealand after he was charged with indecent assault and threatening to kill over allegedly becoming drunk and aggressive towards flight staff. While Qantas has a very clear anti-social behaviour policy, which resulted in the man being taken off the plane …
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Do People Lie About Sexual Assault?


Incidents of sexual assault have been widely publicised in the media following a number of high-profile cases, including that of Kings Cross nightclub heir Luke Lazarus. Data published in 2014 indicates that Australia has a huge problem with sexual assault – with 1 in 5 Australian women, and 1 in 20 men, reporting experiencing some …