Law firms look to launch landmark strip-search class action against NSW police

“Horrific stories of police strip-searches continue to come to light, including from children as young as 10 years old who were directed to strip naked, squat and cough, lift their genitals, and have a police officer look into their body cavities, without the support of a parent or guardian present,” Samantha Lee, the police accountability lawyers from the Redfern Legal Centre alleged.

“By seeking long-overdue justice for people who have been unlawfully searched, this class action is also an important step toward achieving change to prevent more traumatic and unnecessary strip searches in NSW.”

Source: Law firms look to launch landmark strip-search class action against NSW police | Australian police and policing | The Guardian

Reports of ‘revenge porn’ skyrocketed during lockdown, we must stop blaming victims for it

Coronavirus has meant more time at home, more time online and more image-based abuse.

Perpetration rates were highest among men in their 20s and 30s, with one in three men aged 20 to 29 years disclosing they had engaged in these behaviours.

In Australia, we have specific laws across the country criminalising image-based abuse, except in Tasmania.

If you’re a victim of image-based abuse, you can document the evidence and report to police, and through the eSafety Commissioner’s online portal to request the images are removed. In over 90% of cases, the eSafety Commissioner is successful in image removal.

Source: Reports of ‘revenge porn’ skyrocketed during lockdown, we must stop blaming victims for it

Landmark child abuse reforms pass Parliament

The Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Act 2020 is designed to allow evidence about an accused person’s sexual interest in children, including the evidence used in prior convictions, to be considered by the jury in child sexual assault proceedings.

The new legislation, which passed State Parliament on Wednesday, 3 June was created in response to the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Source: Landmark child abuse reforms pass Parliament – Lawyers Weekly

NSW government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile

Exclusive: At least 14 Indigenous men received out-of-court settlements after being abused by teacher, principal and school inspector Cletus O’Connor.

The department has never publicly disclosed the settlements, which in some cases included confidentiality clauses preventing disclosure of the value of the payouts. Nor has it acknowledged the existence of a serial paedophile in the public school system, a step that might have encouraged others to come forward.

Source: NSW government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile | Australia news | The Guardian

German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal

Coronavirus has caused Germany’s brothels to close their doors, but some politicians want the ban to become permanent. “Sexual activities are not compatible with social distancing measures,” they wrote to state premiers.

The letter calls for Germany to take the opportunity to adopt the “Nordic model,” under which paying for sex is illegal but selling sex is not. Under this model, sex workers are offered help and services to leave the sex industry and offered education, for example language courses. In Germany, many sex workers come from eastern Europe.

Source: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal | News | DW | 20.05.2020

Deadly attack at Toronto erotic spa was incel terrorism, police allege

Charges against the suspect accused of carrying out the Feb. 24 stabbing attack, which killed a woman and injured another, were updated in court on Tuesday to “murder — terrorist activity.”

Experts said it was the first time anywhere in the world a terrorism charge has been laid over violence tied to the “involuntary celibate” misogynist movement.

Almost 50 deaths in Canada and the United States have been linked to incels, leading to calls to treat their actions as a form of domestic terrorism.

Source: Deadly attack at Toronto erotic spa was incel terrorism, police allege | Globalnews.ca

‘Many people will just give up’: crime victims forced to gather own evidence under reform

Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse will be forced to assemble their own evidence of harm suffered under proposed changes to victims’ compensation claims, prompting fears many will relive their trauma as a result.

Source: ‘Many people will just give up’: crime victims forced to gather own evidence under reform

Seven sex attacks in women’s jails by transgender convicts

Transgender prisoners are five times more likely to carry out sex attacks on inmates at women’s jails than other prisoners are, official figures show.Male prisoners who were transferred to women’s jails during gender reassignment and women inmates who are transitioning committed seven of the 124 sex attacks recorded between 2010 and 2018.

Source: Seven sex attacks in women’s jails by transgender convicts | News | The Times

Why do we blame women for the actions of rapists, traffickers, and abusers?

The culture of victim blaming is rife – and women disproportionately feel the brunt, writes Dr. Jessica Taylor.

There seems to be a misconception that women and girls benefit or profit from a false report (or a genuine report). And that it ruins the man’s life. The reality is quite different. Less than 1pc of rape reports are deemed to be fabricated, which is one of the lowest false report rates of any crime. Further, when women do report rape or abuse, they are usually discredited or blamed – not celebrated or supported. Finally, even when there is significant evidence against men who rape, our UK conviction rate is 1.7pc, so not only will it not ruin his life, he probably will never be prosecuted for his crimes.

Source: Why do we blame women for the actions of rapists, traffickers, and abusers?

Child abuse predator ‘handbook’ lists ways to target children during coronavirus lockdown

Exclusive: Australian authorities warn of significant rise in reports of child sexual abuse material under Covid-19 restrictions.

The Covid-19 predator handbook contained details about how to coerce children online to share sexual images and videos of themselves, she said. “The handbook advises predators to get their kicks online rather than trying to meet children face-to-face because of restrictions and heightened vigilance of law enforcement on the streets,” Inman Grant said.

Source: Child abuse predator ‘handbook’ lists ways to target children during coronavirus lockdown | Online abuse | The Guardian