The Offence of Rape and Consent Laws in NSW Explained

Image by Sunflowerey. Poppy Morandin.   Christian Porter has taken mental health leave from his position as Attorney-General, following coming forward as the cabinet Minister accused of an historical rape. Mr Porter has refused to step down, announcing at a recent press conference that: “If I stand down from my position as Attorney General because ...continue reading

Chef Sexually Assaults 16-year-old Girl Avoids Jail

  34-year-old Melbourne Chef Graeme Walter has sexually penetrated a 16-year-old girl before giving her his clothes to wash away in order to keep the incident discreet from his wife. In June 2019, Graeme at the time was working as a chef at the Mornington Peninsula restaurant when on one night after having some drinks ...continue reading

Elderly Man Faces Six Counts of Sexual Touching Charges in NSW

  It is reported that a 77-year-old man had allegedly sexually touched four girls while they were underwater at a public pool in Kiama. Reports were made by the girls to police alleging, that on 3 October, the 77-year-old man approached two girls who were aged 11 and 9 in the pool before touching them ...continue reading

NSW Police Officer Charged with Aggravated Sexual Intercourse with a Child

  Concerns have been raised following the recent charge of a 29-year-old police officer last Tuesday. It is alleged that the male senior constable had sexual intercourse with a teenage girl aged less than 16, more than 14. The officer who was arrested last Tuesday has been suspended without pay, and is now facing charges ...continue reading

Former High Court Judge, Justice Dyson Heydon faces further sexual harassment complaints

Poppy Morandin.   The High Court has confirmed that three further complainants have come forward alleging that they were sexually harassed by former judge, Justice Dyson Heydon. These complainants will add to the list of six women who were found by an independent investigation commissioned by the High Court and conducted by Dr Vivienne Thorn ...continue reading

Chinese Drug Trafficker on Death Row Escapes Lawful Custody by Tunnelling Through Sewers to Road Outside

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s the kind of plot you’d only ever see play out in a movie, except of course this was real life – in mid-September 2020, a man facing the death sentence in Indonesia for drug trafficking managed to escape from jail by tunnelling through the sewage system, and ...continue reading

NSW Police Commissioner Defends Officers Who Performed ‘Unlawful’ Arrest on Curtis Scott

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has sought to defend the actions of police officers involved in the wrongful arrest of NRL player Curtis Scott. The bodycam footage of the arrest shown in court sparked outrage, with it depicting Scott, who was passed out drunk at the foot of ...continue reading

Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...continue reading

NSW Teacher Charged With Child Grooming Offences

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A 27-year-old man who formerly worked as a student teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female student. The arrest followed an investigation by the Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad beginning in June of this year, after the alleged victim reported that ...continue reading

Penalties on Publishing the Identity of Sexual Assault Survivors in NSW: Interview with Sexual Abuse Survivor, Activist and Jewish Community Leader Manny Waks

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Changes to Victoria’s Judicial Proceedings Reports Act have stopped survivors of sexual assault in Victoria from utilising their real names when publicly sharing their stories of abuse. The recent changes, which took effect in February 2020, mean that it is now an offence for victims, as well as ...continue reading

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