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Jail for Community Leaders Who Fail To Protect Children from Sexual Abuse


Tuesday, 25th March 2014 at 12:24 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor
Community and organisational leaders who fail to take action when they know someone within their organisation poses a risk of sexually abusing children will face a hefty jail sentence under new Victorian laws.

Tuesday, 25th March 2014
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Lina Caneva, Editor


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Jail for Community Leaders Who Fail To Protect Children from Sexual Abuse
Tuesday, 25th March 2014 at 12:24 pm

Community and organisational leaders who fail to take action when they know someone within their organisation poses a risk of sexually abusing children will face a hefty jail sentence under new Victorian laws.

The Victorian Coalition Government will introduce legislation into Parliament to create two additional criminal offences aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse.

The Government says the introduction of these offences is the next stage in the response to the recommendations of the Family and Community Development Committee’s Betrayal of Trust report on the handling of child sex abuse allegations.

A new offence carrying up to five years in jail will apply to a person who holds a position of responsibility in an organisation and fails to take action where they know there is someone associated with the organisation who poses a risk of sexually abusing children.

The Government says the new law will apply to a wide range of organisations that may be involved with children including schools, churches, sporting clubs and youth clubs and other volunteer and charitable organisations.

“In future, anyone in authority in an organisation who does nothing about known child abusers, or simply moves them somewhere else in the organisation where they can continue to abuse other children, will face up to five years in jail,” Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine said.

The new laws will also make it an offence carrying a penalty of up to three years in jail for any adult within an organisation who fails to provide relevant information to police if they know or believe a child has been sexually abused.

This law will be in addition to current mandatory reporting to child protection authorities.

“This new law will make clear that people who know or believe that a child has been sexually abused cannot just keep quiet about it – they have a duty to tell the police what they know so that the police can bring the offender to justice and prevent further abuse,” Attorney-General Robert Clark said.

However, the Government says it It will not be an offence to not report information obtained through the victim seeking medical help or counselling advice.

The Government says this will apply “if the information is provided by a victim after they have reached the age of 16 and the victim requests that the information not be disclosed, if the person has reasonable fears for their or another person’s safety and it is reasonable not to report in the circumstances, or if the information would be privileged from disclosure in court proceedings.”


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


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