An Intersectional Critique of Protections for Indigenous Rape Victims in Court

Satomi Hamon, Patricia Easteal and Trevor Ryan (2018) ‘An Intersectional Critique of Protections for Indigenous Rape Victims in Court’ Southern Cross University Law Review 19: 3-24

32 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2019

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Satomi Hamon

University of Canberra - University of Canberra, Students

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Trevor Ryan

University of Canberra

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

For any rape victim witness, cross-examination can be a traumatic and difficult process. For Indigenous women, this experience may be exacerbated by cultural and communication clashes that are a consequence of the interaction of gender and racial differences. In this article, we identify some obstacles for Indigenous sexual assault victim witnesses and investigate whether law reform intended to better protect vulnerable victim witnesses has addressed the specific needs and cultural practices of Indigenous women.

Keywords: Indigenous Rape Victim Witnesses, Aboriginal Rape Victim Witnesses, Intersectionality and Law, Intersectionality and Vulnerable Witness Protection Measures

JEL Classification: K14, K40, K41, K49

Suggested Citation

Hamon, Satomi and Easteal, Patricia L. and Ryan, Trevor, An Intersectional Critique of Protections for Indigenous Rape Victims in Court (2018). Satomi Hamon, Patricia Easteal and Trevor Ryan (2018) ‘An Intersectional Critique of Protections for Indigenous Rape Victims in Court’ Southern Cross University Law Review 19: 3-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3361407

Satomi Hamon

University of Canberra - University of Canberra, Students ( email )

Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Trevor Ryan

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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