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Sexual Offenses Act to be reviewed, teenage promiscuity among issues

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding says a review of the Sexual Offences Act by a Joint Select Committee will begin in 2014.

He says the process of review will provide an opportunity to put the law on a more coherent footing and to ascertain areas which need reform.

Senator Golding also noted that the exclusion of forced anal intercourse of a man or woman from the ACT means that the penalty is governed by the Offences Against the Persons Act which stipulates a 10 year maximum sentence instead of a minimum 15 year sentence under the Sexual Offences Act.

He says an area that also needs to be addressed is the issue of the negative consequences associated with criminalising teenage promiscuity.

Senator Golding points out that the issue of minors having sex is really a parental issue.

In the meantime, The Justice Minister says the Child Care and Protection Act is to be amended so that correctional orders are no longer an option for dealing with children who face the court for uncontrollable behaviour.

And he says efforts are underway to implement the National Plan of Action on Child Justice which is a multi-sectoral response to the needs of children in need of care and protection as well as those in conflict with the law.


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