Submissions to Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce reveal systemic and community failure
Submissions to the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce have revealed a system and community that is failing abused women.
- The taskforce put a call out for submissions in February
- Submissions will form part of a report and recommendations on how to improve the system due this month
- Victims said in their submissions that they were discouraged from taking matters further
As a result, most sexual assault cases are never reported, and of those that are, it is rare that charges result in a conviction, the taskforce said in a statement.
It has received 304 submissions from victims, accused persons, offenders, support organisations, academics and government agencies, after publishing a discussion paper in February.
Of those, 59 were from support and advocacy organisations, legal stakeholders, academics and government agencies, 122 were from people with lived experience of sexual assault, or as accused persons or offenders, and 125 were general submissions from people with lived experience of sexual violence.
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