Category: Sexual Assault

The Impact of Social Media on a Fair Trial


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Social media can be a source of information and leisure, a way to connect with other people and a means to express views about a range of subjects – including those which invoke emotions such as anger and disgust. But legal experts are warning social media users to be ...

Catholic Priests Refuse to Report Child Sexual Abuse


By Sonia Hickey and 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 will be directed not adhere to the laws because ...

Australia – Where Backpackers are Exploited and Harassed


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Australia has long been a country that young people aspire to travel – the golden beaches, surf culture, and the never-ending sunshine make it attractive to backpackers in particular. And the Australian Government has made it relatively easy for young people to come for an extended period. But the ...

Archbishop Guilty of Covering up Child Sexual Abuse


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim One of Australia’s most senior Catholics has been found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse and faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison. 67-year old Archbishop Philip Wilson was charged in March 2015 with one count of concealing a serious indictable offence under section 316 of the ...

Obtain Explicit Consent to Sex, or You Are a Rapist


The New South Wales Attorney General has asked for an urgent review of NSW sexual consent laws after the story of Saxon Mullins made media headlines this week. Ms Mullins’ case involved a five-year long legal battle involving two high profile trials, after she accused Luke Lazarus of sexually assaulting her in an isolated alley ...

Cold Cases Still Warm: Sexual Assault at Sydney Uni and ‘Suicide’ at Koorawatha


At 7.15 am on October 29 1977, Annette Louise Morgan set off down inner city Sydney’s Glebe Point Road to meet a friend at the notorious St Paul’s College at Sydney University. Less than two hours later, her body was found dumped on a pile of rubble in a gully by the college oval. The 18-year-old Royal ...

George Pell’s Committal Hearing: Some Sexual Assault Charges to be Dropped


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Crown prosecutor Mark Gibson SC has foreshadowed that a number of criminal charges brought against Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic, will be formally withdrawn because the complainant they relate to is “medically unfit to give evidence”. It is expected that six charges will be dropped when the committal ...

Jarryd Hayne Defends Sexual Assault Claims


NRL star Jarryd Hayne could have a protracted and complicated legal battle ahead of him, now that civil proceedings have been filed in California’s Supreme Court, by a woman accusing him of sexual assault. He said, she said Hayne met the woman, known only as ‘Ms V’, at a bar in California in December 2015 ...

Hazing Alive and Well in Australia


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Being encouraged to ejaculate into the shampoo bottles of females students, lighting pubic hair on fire, posting photos of the underwear of sexual ‘conquests’, and dangerous binge drinking are just some of the rituals outlined in the 211-page Red Zone Report into Australian universities, which is the product of an ...

Outrage Over French Sexual Assault Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A number of recent ‘age of consent cases’ in France have triggered public outrage and drawn international criticism of the somewhat murky child sex laws the nation has in place. In response, the Macron government is currently drafting a bill aimed at addressing the issue, along with sexual harassment ...