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Bill Cosby Faces Multiple Civil Lawsuits Over Sexual Assault Claims

by Sonia Hickey
Former Hollywood actor and comedian Bill Cosby is back inside the courtroom, this time over claims he sexually assaulted a person considered to be a minor in California.   The former celebrity was released from a federal prison last year...

Court Dismisses Application to Halt Brittany Higgins Sexual Assault Trial

by Sonia Hickey
The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has dismissed an application by Bruce Lehrmann’s criminal defence team for a permanent stay of proceedings on the basis that the intense and prolonged publicity would make it impossible to find...

Is it Fair for a Defendant to Face a Third Criminal Trial?

by Sonia Hickey
Jarryd Hayne will face a third trial after a successful application to the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.  The former NRL star was released on bail from Cooma Correctional Centre last month after having his previous convictions for...

Sexual Consent Education to be Introduced into Australian Schools

by Sonia Hickey
Around this time last year, Chantel Contos began a discussion on social media about sexual assaults within schools, and the lack of consent education for teenagers.  As the conversation went viral, teens and young women came forward with accounts of...

Jarryd Hayne Wins Appeal

by Sonia Hickey
Jarryd Hayne has had his sexual assault conviction quashed on appeal and a retrial has been ordered.  The former football star was convicted last year of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, which is also known as sexual assault. ...

Sexual Violence Supports Need Strengthening, Say’s Full Stop Australia’s Hayley Foster

by Paul Gregoire
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data last week outlining that police agencies had recorded 53,570 sexual assault offenders over the ten years ending in June 2020, which included a 13 percent increase in the number of male offenders. This was...

PM Apologises Over Parliamentary Sexual Abuse Scandal

by Sonia Hickey
In parliament recently, embattled Prime Minister Scott Morrison said sorry to Brittany Higgins.  “I am sorry. We are sorry. I am sorry to Ms Higgins for the terrible things that took place here. And the place that should have been...

Coalition Targets Parliament Sex Scandal Whistleblower, Rather Than Its Own

by Paul Gregoire
For those who haven’t been watching, early last year federal parliament was rocked by the revelations around the Brittany Higgins sexual assault and its subsequent coverup, as well as the historical rape allegations involving now expired minister Christian Porter. Then, as...

Federal Politicians: Bogans, Boofheads, Bullies and Beers

by Sonia Hickey
The allegations made by Brittany Higgins about being sexually assaulted in parliament shocked the nation — including the Prime Minister himself, leading to calls for a investigation into the allegations as well as a broader inquiry into how a woman...

Affirmative Sexual Consent Laws Passed in New South Wales

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
The New South Wales parliament passed laws this week, which mean that those who plan to have sexual relations are required to take active steps to ensure the other person is a willing participant. Welcomed by victims’ groups The laws...
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