Australia makes ‘incredible step forward’ to reform consent law

09:41, 12 November 2021
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Citizens of Victoria will have to make sure that sex partners are consenting otherwise they come under the risk to be prosecuted by law, under forthcoming alteration to the law. 

Australian consent law will face changes in 2022 as on Friday Attorney General Jaclyn Symes has revealed that the Crimes Act 1958 will be altered to clarify to lovers that partners must consent with sexual activities. 

The amendment also specifies that stealthing - removing a contraceptive during sex concealing it from a partner - will be considered a crime.

The recommendation for the amendment of the law came out of the Victorian Law Reform Commission after the issued report called Improving the Justice System Response to Sexual Offences paid attention to a problem of current interest - sexual violence, which keeps bringing harm to numerous people.

However, Jaclyn Symes said that the government will consider the VLRC’s recommendations in detail as there are many moments to specify, including how one can support the targets of abuse and keep them informed and how the anti-violence propaganda, as well as outreach, can be improved to inform the community of sexual misconduct and consent. 

“This landmark report highlights just how much work there is to do to deliver a justice system that works for victim-survivors.. It’s an enormous job - and we will work closely with those who know this issue best to get it done… To victim-survivors, we hear you. The system must change. This is too important not to act.”

Brittany Huggins, an alleged victim of sexual abuse at the beginning of this year publically commented on the alterations praising the propositions: “This is huge. I’m overwhelmed with emotion. What an incredible step forward by the Victorian Government,” her tweet reads.

To make the correct amendments, the government aims at establishing dialogues with victims of abuse, courts, and enforcement agencies. 

The funding of $5,2 million will be provided to the special services, to help react to increasing reports and demands. It would help services to expand the composition of their employees which will assist numerous women and children who became targets of sexual violence.