Mistake of fact defence: The legal loophole stopping Queensland rape complainants from getting justice – ABC news

Mistake of fact defence: The legal loophole stopping Queensland rape complainants from getting justice By Hayley Gleeson   That a woman may “freeze” rather than fight back against a sexual assault is a common and well-documented reaction. She might judge her attacker as too dangerous to take on; she might be temporarily paralysed and unable to move or scream; she…

Disability watchdog fields 1,500 serious incident reports against NDIS participants in six months – ABC News

Disability watchdog fields 1,500 serious incident reports against NDIS participants in six months – ABC News By political reporter Stephanie Dalzell The disability watchdog received almost 1,500 reports of serious incidents like sexual assault against participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in just six months, figures obtained by the ABC have revealed. Key points:…

Queensland rape laws ‘a hangover from old attitudes’, former judge says Exclusive by Josh Robertson – ABC

Queensland rape laws ‘a hangover from old attitudes’, former judge says Exclusive by Josh Robertson ABC News A former top Queensland judge has called for reform of a century-old legal loophole that can allow accused rapists to walk free, saying it is a “hangover” from outdated attitudes to women. Key points: New academic research shows the…

People with disability are more likely to be victims of crime – here’s why : Margaret Nixon, Swinburne University of Technology

People with disability are more likely to be victims of crime – here’s why Margaret Nixon, Swinburne University of Technology February 22, 2019 6.06am AEDT The Morrison government has finally agreed to a royal commission into the abuse of people living with disability – if the states get on board. After hearing horrific tales of abuse and…

QDN welcomes bi-partisan support for Royal Commission into abuse and neglect and urges Government to act now

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) welcomes long awaited bi-partisan support for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of people with disability. “After many years of calling for action to address this critical issue QDN is delighted that, finally, the Government has listened to the voice of people with disability, their families/carers and…

WWDA welcomes Federal Parliament support for Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect Against People With Disability – WWDA

WWDA welcomes Federal Parliament support for Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect Against People With Disability FEBRUARY 18, 2019 Media Release – Royal Commission Vote Welcome – Now Time To Make It Happen People with disability, and our organisations, today welcome the vote in the Australian Parliament about a Royal Commission into the epidemic…

Royal commission calls grow as disability campaigners tell stories of abuse and trauma – ABC

Royal commission calls grow as disability campaigners tell stories of abuse and trauma By political reporter Claudia Long Pressure is building on the Federal Government to establish a royal commission into abuse within the disability sector. Key points: Disability campaigners have outlined their stories of trauma and abuse within the sector The Lower House is expected…