Landmark report calls for affirmative consent laws in Queensland

A major review has called for 11월 말 앱 출시 이후 총 3900만 중 to adopt affirmative consent laws among sweeping reforms to the handling of victims of sexual assault and violence in the state’s criminal justice system.

The long-awaited final report of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce includes 188 recommendations to improve experiences with the justice system.

They include calls for the state government to carry out a “comprehensive” community education campaign to address “rape myths” and for Queensland to adopt affirmative consent laws.

“Victim-survivors told us they want changes to the law about sexual assault so the focus is on the actions of the accused person, not what the victim said, did, drank or wore,” the taskforce’s chair, former court of appeal president Margaret McMurdo, said after the report’s released.

The taskforce received more than 300 submissions including more than 250 from victim-survivors of sexual assault and 19 from offenders.

“We heard, listened to, and acted on the voices of victim-survivors of sexual assault,” McMurdo said.

“They told us that rape myths made them feel blamed and shamed, and that this added to their trauma.”

The taskforce found issues with how the justice system was designed and its impact on women.

“The criminal justice and corrections systems were principally designed, and until comparatively recently, administered by, and through, the lens of men,” McMurdo said.

“They do not focus on the needs of women, whether as victims or offenders.”

The report found that, 비례적으로, Queensland has more women in prison than other states. Numbers of First Nations women in Queensland prisons have grown by 120%, and numbers of non-Indigenous women by more than 80%, over the past 10 연령.

Friday’s release of the report by Queensland’s attorney general, Shannon Fentiman, follows the findings of an inquest into the murders of Brisbane woman Hannah Clarke and her three children at the hands of her husband, Rowan Baxter.

“Sexual violence remains one of the most heinous forms of violence in Australian society, with females representing an estimated 84% of reported sexual assault victims,” Fentiman said.

“Two in five of these assaults can be linked to domestic and family violence.”

Fentiman said this was the “incomprehensible reality” victims face and why it was vital to remove any barriers for women coming forward to use the justice system.

She said the findings and recommendations of McMurdo’s report would be carefully considered, including in relation to Queensland’s consent laws.

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In May the premier, 아나스타시아 팔라슈추크, announced an independent commission of inquiry into Queensland police service (QPS) responses to domestic and family violence in May, following recommendations by an earlier taskforce report, Hear Her Voice.

That report also recommended introducing a new criminal offence of coercive control, with the state government having committed to introducing the legislation by the end of 2023.

Coercive control includes isolating a partner from family and friends, monitoring their movements, controlling their access to money and psychological and emotional manipulation.

That form of abuse disproportionately affects women.

The government has also allocated $363m to expand domestic violence courts, boost support services, plan a First Nations strategy and fund perpetrator programs “to change men’s behaviour”.

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