The Invisible Crime: Are We Failing Victims of Sexual Violence? is an award-winning multimedia feature documentary made in 2019 by a team of investigative and data journalists from the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. The documentary explores why sexual assault is under-reported and examines the myriad barriers to successful prosecutions against assailants. It provides data-driven context on how and why the legal system so often fails to deliver justice to victims.
In this conversation, hosted by Age journalist Nicole Precel, we’ll pick up where the documentary left off, discussing the fundamental principles that underpin our criminal law. How are sexual-assault victims disadvantaged by the onus of proof?
We’ll also take a hard look at the concept of consent and examine how social attitudes towards it are changing. How do legal definitions of consent vary between states and territories – and how can we get better at teaching, and defining, consent in our everyday lives?
This discussion includes topics that some attendees may find confronting. Audience questions from this event will not be recorded and published.
Presented in partnership with AIDC and the Age, with special support from Google News Initiative.
Nicole Precel is an award-winning journalist, film maker and photographer with a passion for news and storytelling. She works as a video journalist and reporter at the Age. Previously, Nicole has worked for Fairfax Media, Al Jazeera English, News Corp, Current TV, SBS2, BBC London, International ... Read more
Greg Barns is a barrister and writer. He practices in the areas of criminal law, administrative law and family law and is a member of the Tasmanian, Victorian and WA Bars. Greg is a graduate of Monash University (BA/LLB) and spent over a decade working as a political adviser to a number of state a... Read more
Katrina Marson is a criminal lawyer with particular experience in sexual offences and family violence. She worked as a criminal lawyer for the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions from 2013 to 2018, including in the family violence and sexual offences units. She was named the ACT Young Lawyer of the ... Read more
Rena is the co-founder of Empowered Together and Lawyer at Moores. Empowered Together is a youth led not-for-profit focused on the primary prevention of sexual violence by running workshops with secondary students. The Empowered Together team has educated thousands of students on their rights and re... Read more
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