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November 15, 2017

What happens at schoolies doesn’t always stay at schoolies

You’ve just finished your exams, you’re heading off on your first ‘adult’ holiday with your mates – without parental supervision and you’re signing up for a week of late nights, drinking and some pretty wicked parties. You’re hoping to make memories that will last a lifetime but what you DON’T want, are memories that last […]

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October 27, 2017

NSW court pilot program: Giving a voice to child victims of sexual abuse

Less than 20 percent of reported child sexual assaults proceed to court. This signals a remarkable disproportionality between reports of abuse and prosecution of alleged perpetrators. Victims and families are often deterred from bringing charges by the prospect of lengthy court proceedings. Even if charges are brought, giving evidence against a perpetrator can be particularly […]

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October 18, 2017

The Weinstein Saga – What good can come from this Hollywood horror?

It’s hard to ignore the Harvey Weinstein headlines circulating in the media; they are as offensive and abrupt as many might assume the man to be. I, like many, have been following the developments in this Hollywood horror story over the course of the past few weeks. I have felt a gamut of emotions – […]

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October 12, 2017

Elder abuse on the rise: Shocking Gold Coast findings

The number of people in aged care in Australia has skyrocketed over the past decade. Australian’s are enjoying longer and healthier lives. Unfortunately, these gains in health have been accompanied by unacceptably high levels of elder abuse in aged care facilities. A troubling trend A report by the Department of Health recently revealed that on […]

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October 5, 2017

Elder abuse: The telltale signs

In the 1970s, 8% of the population was over the age of 65. This figure grew to 13% in 2001, and it’s predicted that over-65s will make up 25% of the population by 2042. That’s a growth from 2.5 million to 6.2 million. Rise in population, rise in abuse While the increase in the numbers […]

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September 28, 2017

Department of Veteran’s Affairs: Catastrophic negligence

Fifty-six… That’s the number of Australian Veterans who have taken their lives this year. They are fifty-six too many, but sadly these victims are neither the first nor the last. Over the past 41 years, veterans and their families have been crying out to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA), desperately seeking help – help […]

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September 21, 2017

St Paul’s College exposed: Everything wrong with fraternities

Recent investigations are uncovering more and more evidence of the shocking culture of sexual harassment that is commonplace in many Australian universities. The latest attack on women has come through a St Paul’s College community page on Facebook, with ‘rooting’, ‘slaying’ and ‘harpooning’ just some of the ways fraternity members describe intercourse with women. This […]

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September 20, 2017

Victoria leading the way: New laws help victims of child abuse access compensation

New laws taking effect in Victoria from 1 July 2017 will make it easier for child abuse victims to sue the organisations that employed their abusers. The new laws were created in response to the Victorian Government’s Betrayal of Trust parliamentary inquiry in 2013. The report made 15 recommendations regarding the handling of child abuse by […]

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September 15, 2017

Child abuse and time limitations: A second class of survivors

For decades, Shine Lawyers has fought to achieve justice for survivors and victims of abuse. Institutions and perpetrators have been asked to account for the horrifying actions of depraved individuals and the flawed systems that did not care enough to protect children under their responsibility. We’ve lobbied governments to improve our country’s laws, seeking accountability […]

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