Category: Sexual Intercourse

Criminalising Sex Workers Leaves Them Vulnerable to Attack


At around 12.30 am on June 24, a security guard opened the door to an apartment in Enfield, north London, and a group of five men wielding knives entered the premises. Ms Maria Benito (not her real name) was taken into a room by one of the men, who demanded she give him money. The ...

French Court Finds that Sex with Child Wasn’t Rape


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 like the United States and United Kingdom. However, no such age of consent applies in ...

‘No’ Campaigners Fear Being Forced to Service Gay Weddings


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Opponents of same-sex marriage are pushing for exemptions from discrimination laws which would require businesses to carry out services for gay weddings. The Coalition for Marriage claims that service providers such as bakers, caterers, florists and photographers are concerned about being forced to compromise their morals by having to ...

Decriminalise the Sex Work Industry Now


The second Law and Sex Worker Health (LASH) report was released last Friday. And the study demonstrated overwhelmingly that the criminalisation of the sex work industry continues to negatively impact the health, safety and well-being of sex workers. The initial 2007 LASH report focused upon three Australian jurisdictions and the different approaches each takes to ...

Silencing Dissent: Myanmar Authorities Arrest Journalists


At around 3.30pm on June 26, a group of seven people were arrested by Myanmar authorities at a military checkpoint in the country’s conflict-ridden northern Shan state. Three local journalists were among the group who were detained in Namhsan township in the north of the region. Democratic Voice of Burma reporters Aye Nai and Pyae ...

Removing Condom During Sex is Rape


One man’s life will never be the same after being convicted of rape for secretly removing a condom during sex with a woman he had met online. The 47-year old French man and his companion, a Swiss woman, met on Tinder (where else). After their second date, they decided to go to bed together. They ...

Neddy Smith: A Career in Crime


Standing at 6ft 6in, Arthur “Neddy” Smith – the infamous standover man – had a menacing aura. He was a leading underworld figure during the mid-1980s Sydney drug wars. And he drove fear into all he encountered. Today, the 72-year-old former armed robber and heroin dealer is serving two life sentences in Lithgow prison and his ...

Police Officer Accused of Raping Child


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim A Queensland police officer is awaiting trial after being charged with sexually assaulting a former partner’s child and indecently assaulting another. The 46-year old officer, whose name has been suppressed for legal reasons, is charged with one count of ‘sexual intercourse without consent’ and 11 counts of indecently assaulting ...

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 ...

Sleeping Man Cleared of Rape Charges


The Central Appeals Court in Sweden has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of sexual assault, finding that the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he was awake when he had intercourse with a teenaged girl. The unnamed man from central Sweden said he was unaware of having sex with ...