The report provides an overview of the socio-political factors and events that have influenced the development of Australia’s child sexual abuse legislation from 1788-2013.
Key developments in relevant legislation during this period which are discussed in detail in the report include:
- the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting males
- the removal of gendered language from legislation to enable the law to deal with matters involving male victims, female offenders and same sex offences
- broadening the definition of sexual intercourse
- introduction of specific legislation relating to child pornography
- introduction of mandatory reporting laws.
Prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.