Disability royal commission told how child was ‘dragged down stairs’ and ostracised by staff – ABC News

Disability royal commission told how child was ‘dragged down stairs’ and ostracised by staff – ABC News By Sofie Wainwright 4/11/2019   The first public hearing of Australia’s disability royal commission has heard how a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome was dragged down stairs, ostracised by staff and humiliated by her primary school teachers. Key points:…

After 12 months, NDIS commission still hasn’t answered family’s questions about son’s bruises – ABC News

After 12 months, NDIS commission still hasn’t answered family’s questions about son’s bruises ABC Coffs Coast By Melissa Martin In October 2018, the family of a severely disabled man became so concerned about bruises he was suffering while living in full-time care that they asked for them to be investigated. Key points: The NDIS Quality and…

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for reform of a century-old legal loophole that can allow accused rapists to walk free, saying it is a “hangover” from outdated attitudes to women.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…