Essay about Crime Report - Rape Law Reform

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Crime Report - Rape Law Reform

Describe the issue and the history of that issue
Issue: “Rape” also referred to a sexual assault, under New South Wales Crimes Act 1900 is defined as ‘a person who inflicts grievous bodily harm on another person with intent to engage in sexual intercourse with that other person, or with a third person who is present or nearby, is guilty of an offence punishable, on conviction, by imprisonment for 17 years’.

Aggravated sexual assault: In New South Wales Crimes Act 1900, aggravated assault is defined as, ‘any person who has sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of the other person and in circumstances of aggravation and who knows that the other person does not consent to the sexual
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This case, led to a public uproar, which then led the NSW Parliament to pass a new legislation. The new legislation created a new category in the crime known as aggravated sexual assault in company, which increased the sentences for gang rapists.

Explain the problems in the current criminal justice system in regard to that issue. Describe how these problems developed.
Although, there are many problems regarding the issue of rape, the major problem still lies within the number of cases reported to police, as it is through the initial report that justice can be brought to society. This is a significant problem, as laws are based on cases which are brought to the courts and while only a considerable number of cases are reported, these laws do not represent the majority of victims but only a small percentage. Statistics show that 100,000 people experienced an incident of sexual assault in the 12 months prior to the study and only 15% of those people have reported the crime. The issue also reflects how the legal system may let these victims down, as it may show to offender that they are immune to the law. This problem has always been an issue, as victims experiences are not taken into full concern. Although, reporting the issue would bring justice, some victims can not comply with the traumatic experience they have gone through, a more traumatic experience may be created through the confrontation in court. An

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