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.
In Australia, the interplay between government and Indigenous peoples frequently feels similar to an abusive and controlling relationship.
If the representations we see of black women in Australia only focus on disadvantage and deficit – not success and excellence – how do we expect power imbalances and stereotypes to change?
Paul Gascoigne arrives at court with his legal team and personal manager Katie Davies.
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Same old rape myths, same old victim blaming.
Female sex offenders may not receive as much public attention or scorn as male sex offenders.
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Between 1% and 9% of sex offenders are female. Many are 'co-offenders,' recruiting and manipulating victims for others.
Problems may arise where there are multiple victims, yet only one or two of whom are willing to have their identities disclosed.
Controversy from the #LetHerSpeak campaign has surrounded this Tasmanian so-called 'gag law'. Here's why it was set up in the first place.
Four ways to teach children about consent.
Doctors and nurses will collect vital evidence and arrange care with understanding and compassion at a traumatic time.
What happens during a forensic medical examination? And if you've been sexually assaulted, what can you expect?
A surgeon has been committed to stand trial next year in a case involving stealthing, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.
There is currently no law that specifically outlaws stealthing in Australia. A case making its way through the courts in Victoria could provide legal clarity on the issue.
New laws give sex crime victims more time to come forward.
Part of a law that goes into effect in New York state on Aug. 14 allows victims more time sue in civil court. Epstein's victims can still go after his estate.
W.T. Stead’s series of articles detailing a sordid sex ring rocked London.
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W.T. Stead's 1885 account of the process by which wealthy Londoners procured teenagers for sex became a global news story, but the police refused to investigate.
There's a woeful lack of data on sexual offences within the military. And the data that is available indicates there is a significant problem.