The maximum penalties the legislature has set for [child sexual assault] offences reflect community abhorrence of and concern about adult sexual abuse of children. General deterrence is of great importance in sentencing such offenders and especially so when the offender is in a position of trust to the victim. This court has said time and time again that sexual assaults upon young children, especially by those who stand in a position of trust to them, must be severely punished, and that those who engage in this evil conduct must go to gaol for a long period of time, not only to punish them, but also in an endeavour to deter others who might have similar inclinations …. This court must serve notice upon judges who impose weakly merciful sentences in some cases of sexual assault upon children, that heavy custodial sentences are essential if the courts are to play their proper role in protecting young people from sexual attacks by adults …. The courts have recognised a change in community attitudes to child sexual assault. Offences involving acts of significant sexual exploitation against children are almost without exception met with salutary penalties.
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Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Act
Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent , or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. Generally, sexual assault is defined as unwanted sexual contact. Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. In the United States , the definition of sexual assault varies widely among the individual states. However, in most states sexual assault occurs when there is lack of consent from one of the individuals involved.
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Many commentators concerned with free speech and religious freedom have expressed serious concerns about the Change or Suppression Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill Vic , now awaiting its second reading debate in the Victorian Legislative Council which could resume on February 2, having swiftly passed all stages in the Legislative Assembly on 10 December For example, an editorial from The Age which supports the Bill says:. It arguably makes the presentation of some aspects of Biblical teaching unlawful if the aim of that teaching is to encourage someone to follow that teaching in their own life. Despite the appearance of addressing horrific and oppressive quasi-psychological procedures inflicted on young people, the Bill goes well beyond this laudable goal, and will make it unlawful to provide assistance in obeying the Bible to those who explicitly and with full understanding request such help.
Catholic sexual abuse cases in Australia , like Catholic sexual abuse scandals elsewhere, have involved convictions, trials and ongoing investigations into allegations of sex crimes committed by Catholic priests , members of religious orders and other personnel which have come to light in recent decades, along with the growing awareness of sexual abuse within other religious and secular institutions. Criticisms of the church have centred both on the nature and extent of abuse, and on historical and contemporary management of allegations by church officials. The royal commission established that some 4, claimants alleged incidents of child sexual abuse in 4, reported claims to Catholic Church authorities some claimants made a claim of child sexual abuse against more than one Catholic Church authority and at least 1, suspected abusers from to Most of those suspected of abuse were Catholic priests and religious brothers and 62 percent of the survivors who told the commission they were abused in religious institutions were abused in a Catholic facility.