Australian News

The purpose of this website/ information is to promote public awareness/ protection, prevent you and those close to you from the potential dangers posed by individuals who have committed sex offences in the past and to deter sex offenders from offending/ re- offending. Any criminal actions taken by persons against the offenders named within this site, may result in arrest and prosecution of those persons.

Home    About MAKO    Services    Contact    Prevention    MAKO/Files    Community Notification    Report    Referral    Profile's    Facts/ Stats    Online Dangers    Child Safety    MAKO Petitions    Research/ Resources    Books    DNA Info
Safety For Women    News/ Articles    Your Comments    Australian Politicians/ Contacts    Join    Sponsors    Donations    Links

Sexual Assault Survey Reveals How Legal System Fails Victims

Women who have been sexually assaulted and the professionals who support them have condemned the legal system's appalling lack of support for victims.
More than 300 responded to a landmark survey that found the legal system was failing victims in just about every area, with latest figures revealing 98 per cent of accused sex attackers walked free in 2004.
Results of the statewide survey will put political pressure on the NSW Government and are likely to bring about major changes to how sex attack victims are treated.
The findings, not due for official release until April, paint a bleak picture of a NSW legal system that fails victims and allows most accused attackers to walk free.
The report states: "While the results are not yet available to the public . . . the consultation indicated that for many sexual assault victims there are continuing barriers to getting assistance.
"They lack information or have inaccurate information about their rights, processes for getting help or about their options."
It added that when addressing the "multiple needs" of some victims, including legal back-up, translation, mental health support, accommodation and counselling, no established system was in place, causing a complete breakdown.
A victim, Linda, (not her real name), who in 2001 had her case dismissed in court because of lack of evidence, completed the survey, hoping it would lead to improvements.
She said: "I explained how alone I felt, how the accused appeared to have all the rights, while I had none. I was scarred by the fact that the process took four years to complete. It was as though the system was designed to wear me down.
"I'd receive a phone call to say the trial was starting Monday. I would then spend a sleepless weekend working myself up, only to be told on arrival the matter had been postponed for reasons that were never properly explained. This happened three or four times. I'm an educated woman but much of the time was confused about what was happening."
The survey also canvassed information from counsellors, police, prosecutors, health service and charity staff. The initiative was organised on behalf of the NSW Criminal Justice Sexual Offences Taskforce, formed in 2004 to consider a range of reforms, including a stand-alone sex crimes court.
NSW Rape Crisis Centre manager Karen Willis said: "It's a concise document which will allow the Attorney-General to draw informed conclusions [and] assist him to make recommendations not only relevant to the criminal justice system but various other government departments such as NSW Health and NSW Police."

The Sun-Herald (8-1-2006)
Eamonn Duff


MAKO/Files Online.. Listing Australian Convicted Paedophiles/ Sex Offenders/ Child Killers.. FREE Public Service..

Australian News
Wanted Offenders
Safety For Women
Sex Offenders- Electronic Tagging
Victim Assistance/ eferral
Community Notification

Search on: Google - Google USENET - Yahoo - AltaVista - All the Web - Gigablast - HotBot - Lycos - Teoma - WiseNut

Copyright © MAKO 2008. All Rights Reserved. Legal/Disclaimer/ Privacy/ Terms Of Use.