Sexual Assault Law In Australia: Contextual Challenges and Changes
in G Gangoli and N Westmarland (eds.), International Approaches to Rape (2011, Policy Press, UK)
Posted: 5 Dec 2012 Last revised: 18 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2011
This chapter examines the national context in relation to rape, relevant law reform and its implementation in Australia. Given all of the government and community programs one might imagine that in Australia there is a promising context for equitable rape laws and just trials for rapists in which victim witnesses would not be retraumatised. However as I describe in this chapter, despite all of the campaigns and resources available for survivors, there does seem to be a resistance to changing attitudes about rape, which affects the criminal justice response.
Keywords: sexual assault, Australia, law, rape law reform
JEL Classification: K00
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