'Courageous conversations': Top NSW cop wants to change consent laws


Stacey Maloney understands why sexual assault victims in New South Wales are angry.
In Tasmania and Victoria, if a person doesn't do or say anything, they are not consenting to sex, protecting victims who freeze in fear.
This is not the case in NSW, where of the 15,000 sexual assaults reported in one year only 376 resulted in guilty verdicts. It is perhaps why only 28 per cent of victims come forward.
Detective Superintendent Maloney, also the new sex crimes and child abuse squad boss, wants consent laws in NSW to change.
"We need to have some conversations, some courageous conversations, in our society," Detective Superintendent Maloney told 9News.
"Consent shouldn't be a confusing area, it should be quite clear that you need to ask for consent essentially. In terms of other jurisdictions, they certainly make that clear."
Asked what she would say to victims who are seeing these high-profile cases not make it through the courts, men accused of rape, not being convicted?
"Those victims are really brave. If we don't have victims coming forward we will see people out in our community who are committing serious offences," she said.
9News understands there has also been a steady rise in online dating sexual assaults.
Consent laws differ between Australian states.
Consent laws differ between Australian states. (Nine)
"Whilst some may swipe right, that doesn't mean they swipe left on gaining consent," she said.
The United Kingdom is ahead of Australia in sharing information with police.
"There are terms and conditions that people have to sign up to and we'd like to see something similar in this country," she said.
She's talking to the heads of sites like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge in the hope of getting access to specific data such as contact information.
"In terms of a particular offender that is definitely reported to police, a whole range of privacy aspects that they've worked through," she said.
"We need to have these conversations and it's important."

 

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From the Child Protection Party:

Petition For Consent To Be Included In Sex Ed Earlier

You have probably seen the reports of a petition created by Chanel Contos, formerly a student a Sydney's Kambala Girls' School. The petition is asking that all sex education classes include information about consent to sex. The idea is to keep them safe during and soon after they leave school.

Originally, the petition was only to be sent to the NSW Government. However, it has now been extended and will be sent to all State Governments.

If you would like to sign the petition, you can do so by clicking.

Consent in Sex Ed Classes Petition

From that page you can read the testimonies of people from a variety of Sydney schools. You can, if you wish, offer your own testimony about your experience.

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