A demonstrator chants slogans as activists stage a protest in central Istanbul to denounce violence against women in Turkey on Nov. 25, 2020.
In 2020, the #MeToo movement caused ripples in Turkey and Iran, renewing attention to gender-based violence and sexual assault.
Criminal trials may hold offenders to account but they are far from perfect. The Victorian Law Reform Commission is looking at how restorative justice could be used for sexual offences.
The Law Reform Commission's review is a missed opportunity for NSW to lead the way in making affirmative consent the law.
Maids, who invariably lived with their employers, were especially vulnerable.
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An ex-minister named John Lyford arrived at the nascent colony hoping for a fresh start. But he couldn't escape his past.
The extreme intoxication defence is often successful when used, usually in cases involving male violence against women.
Evidence suggests that the defence of extreme intoxication isn't rarely used, and is often successful in cases involving male violence against women.
Tinder and similar apps fail to properly address issues of online harm. A lack of policy is to blame, as well as app design features and society's general attitudes towards more minor cases of abuse.
Women get shut down when bringing up the still-taboo subject of sexual assault.
A scholar who studies Holocaust survivors sees an explanation for why women change their stories of sexual assault, even now in the
Queensland's 120-year-old mistake of fact excuse allows defendants to argue they honestly and reasonably believed the other person consented to sex — even if they did not.
New research has found child sex abuse survivors are far more likely to be the victims of a range of crimes as adults. The reasons why – and who is most vulnerable – are complex.
Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche communities, poses for a photograph after he received the Templeton Prize at St. Martins-in-the-Fields church in London, U.K., in May 2015.
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Jean Vanier, Catholic founder of L'Arche International, allegedly had abusive sexual relationships. Religious tolerance for the veneration of male leaders may be partly to blame.
Conviction rates for sexual offences remain low, despite legal reforms in recent years. One reason is the criminal standard of 'reasonable doubt' when supporting evidence may be difficult to produce.
Protesters attended Harvey Weinstein’s first day of trial.
Harvey Weinstein's conviction isn't the norm for perpetrators of sexual violence.
Our research on gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units in Victoria shows many women are not safe in these environments.
Harvey Weinstein leaves the court after prosecutors completed their closing argument in his rape trial on Feb. 14, 2020.
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Studies show the physical and emotional pain of minorities and women is often discounted by both the U.S. justice and health care systems. That has serious consequences.
Girls carry drinking water across a bridge in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The state of emergency ultimately led to substantial legal changes that should better protect women and girls. But what really happened?
Don’t worry, an innocuous chat by the water cooler won’t get you fired.
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The backlash has given way to a simmering male anxiety that an innocuous comment could lead to a sexual harassment accusation.
The jury at the Weinstein trial will have to check their biases about consent.
As the Harvey Weinstein trials start, a psychology scholar explains why jurors may be biased on the question of consent. While the situations examined in these studies are not equivalent to sexual assault, they illustrate a pervasive psychological bias.
Government policy must do more to reflect the fact that rape isn't just something that happens to women and girls.
What’s your safest option for a ride home?
Uber's first safety report revealed 107 deaths and nearly 6,000 sexual assaults over two years. But the rideshare service may still be safer than the alternatives.
NSW is undergoing a review of its sexual consent laws.
As NSW reviews its consent laws, it should look to lessons from other states. While affirmative consent is regarded as the best model, its wording in Victoria offers limited protection in court.