Balancing the Scales: Rape, Law Reform, and Australian Culture

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Federation Press, 1998 - Law - 225 pages
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The past two decades have seen a succession of reforms to sexual assault laws in all Australian jurisdictions. This book examines how effective these reforms have been in light of the fact that such changes challenge the "traditional" social norms of the legal system: male dominance, acceptability of male violence, and women's responsibility for male violence. Has a better balance been struck between the rights of victims to protection, assistance, and compensation and the rights of accused to a fair trial and preservation of the presumption of innocence? And what still remains to be done? These and many other questions are those explored by the contributors.
 

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Contents

Australian reform of the sexual conduct
13
Constructing lack of consent
26
Rape myths and the legal
41
Regulating the use and abuse of sexual
76
The need to protect counselling
94
Has the license lapsed?
107
Heroines of fortitude
124
A barristers perspective
143
Womens lives judicial reality
159
Sentencing for rape
174
Compensating the sexually assaulted
191
Readings
213
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