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August 27, 2018

Almost 75% of women sexually harassed at work not happy with outcome of complaint to employer, survey reveals

A survey conducted on behalf of Shine Lawyers has revealed harrowing information about sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Almost 19% of women have been sexually harassed at work, yet only one in five of the women surveyed (20.7%) made a complaint. Among the women who did file a complaint, almost 75% were dissatisfied with the […]

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June 28, 2018

Catholic Archbishop claims confessional is more sacred than the protection of children

I read with absolute disgust the recent article quoting the Acting Archbishop of the South Australian Catholic Church who stated that the Church will not adhere to a change in law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse. The Acting Archbishop of Adelaide basically stated that the Church law protecting the secrecy of […]

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June 8, 2018

How to Seek Help: For People in Abusive Relationships

“Why didn’t you just leave?” is a question often posed to survivors of abusive relationships and domestic violence. But the situation is often more complicated than that. There are many reasons that make it hard to leave abusive relationships, however there are steps you can begin to take to make the process easier. It might seem like […]

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May 23, 2018

Yesterday was a good day for abuse survivors

Working with survivors of abuse every day and hearing the horrific nature of the abuse inflicted on them as small vulnerable children, and of the devastating impact the abuse has had on their lives, not every day is an easy one. However, there were a few news stories that popped into my consciousness yesterday that […]

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May 4, 2018

Changes to WA Abuse Limitation period

On 18 April 2018 the Western Australian Government passed historic changes removing the three year statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Until the passing of these changes Western Australian survivors had only three years from the date that they turned 18 to bring a claim for childhood sexual abuse. The recent changes […]

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May 2, 2018

Survivors waiting for redress

There are less than 9 weeks until the National Redress Scheme is supposed to start, already a year later than the Royal Commission said redress should begin. Queensland announced yesterday they would sign on to redress but is it too late for the July 1 deadline? A National Redress Scheme was one of the earliest […]

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April 20, 2018

Veterans Finally Being Given Access to Compensation

From 1 May 2018, veterans with mental health issues will be able to access payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs including accessing income support while they are waiting for their compensation claim to be processed. “This is a significant step forward in assisting our most vulnerable citizens. Lack of access to justice and support […]

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March 15, 2018

Compensating victims of child sexual abuse: Where is the National Redress Scheme?

Since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report, Shine Lawyers has strongly supported the recommendation to implement a national redress scheme, providing compensation for victims of institutional sexual abuse. Shine first made a submission in relation to the scheme in May 2015 and stands by this recommendation […]

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February 23, 2018

Be the solution: O-week advice you need to hear

You’ve finished school, and enjoyed three months of sunbaking and basking in the glory (or responsibilities) of adulthood. You’ve worked a part-time job, gallivanted all over the city and now it’s time for a new education. For some, O-week will be one of the most exciting and cherished times of their youth. But unfortunately for […]

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