Applicant’s Working with Children Check Clearance reinstated

When working with children in any capacity, employers and employees must complete relevant courses and obtain correct qualifications and checks. At any point, such checks can be taken away if the individual is found to pose a threat to children or has committed a crime. This was evident in a recent case brought before the […]

Stepfather sentenced to prison time over child sexual abuse offences

Cases of child sexual assault are unfortunately prevalent around the country, with 13.5 per cent of such caused by a father or stepfather, according to data from the Australian Institute of Criminology. Thankfully, in 2016, the NSW Government passed legislation removing time limitations on claims for child sexual abuse, giving victims unlimited time to come […]

Plaintiff awarded $421,071 in damages after sexual assault

Money alone will never compensate the amount of pain and suffering a victim of sexual assault has to deal with following the incident/s. However, as a result of such attacks, victims may experience various losses during their lifetime, so a financial reward is often sought at some stage. This was demonstrated in a recent case […]

Universities Australia announces new guidelines for reporting sexual harassment

The sexual harassment and assault of university students in Australia has been the subject of discussions in the media this month, after Universities Australia announced a new set of guidelines for the reporting of such crimes. While issues around sexual misconduct have been heating up with the recent #MeToo movement across the globe, Australian officials […]

Abuse allegations against Sydney Catholic school date back to 1976

Sexual abuse allegations continue to be revealed within the Catholic church worldwide. The issue hit close to home for Australians earlier this year, with the sexual assault allegations against Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic, and the conviction of Archbishop Phillip Wilson of covering up abuse by fellow priests almost 50 years ago. In a […]

Harvey Weinstein arrested and charged with rape

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein – the man who started the #MeToo movement after several women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct – was arrested and charged with rape as well as several other counts of sexual abuse. The arrest of Harvey Weinstein On May 25, 2018, Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape in […]

Study calls for more anti-harassment training in workplaces

Australian workplaces are failing to emphasise the importance of sexual harassment prevention training, with businesses lacking the resources to successfully implement such initiatives. This is just one of the findings in a new report from three esteemed higher education facilities across Australia and the US. A collaboration between the University of South Australia (UniSA), the […]

New report finds one in five women are a victim of sexual violence

A Federal Government report has revealed that 20 per cent of Australian women have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives. Furthermore, one in six have suffered domestic violence – either physical or sexual – at the hands of a former or current partner. The damning statistics are just some of the findings […]

Are universities doing enough to tackle sexual assault on campuses?

Sexual assault and harassment have been a central issue for the country’s universities following a damning report from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) last year. Thirty-nine universities participated in the national survey, which revealed 51 per cent of all students had been harassed at least once in 2016. Furthermore, 6.9 per cent of respondents […]

Circus school members face 127 charges of child abuse

A group of seven individuals linked to a performing arts school in regional NSW have been charged with 127 acts of child abuse. NSW Police arrested four women, two men and a teenage girl following an investigation that uncovered a series of alleged crimes against three boys aged under eight. The charges include aggravated kidnapping, […]