...and an­other thing

NT News - - OPINION -

TO be sex­u­ally as­saulted is a hor­rific thing. To not be able to speak out pub­licly, should you so choose, is ap­palling.

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory and Tas­ma­nia are the only ju­ris­dic­tions in Aus­tralia that force vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault to hide their vic­tim­hood. At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Natasha Fyles sim­ply said the Ter­ri­tory would wait to see any changes made by the Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment. But this isn’t good enough, when there are five other states to look to.

By al­low­ing per­pe­tra­tors to hide in the shad­ows and si­lenc­ing vic­tims from speak­ing out, we’re say­ing sex­ual as­sault is okay. It’s not. It’s time to change th­ese ar­chaic laws.

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