FixedIt: sexually assaulting children is not sex

Channel Ten reported on a delay in the trial of Philip Wilson, Archbishop of Adelaide, who was charged with failing to report priests who were sexually abusing children. Archbishop Wilson’s guilt or innocence will be determined by the court, but the priest he allegedly failed to report, James Fletcher, was convicted in 2004 on nine charges of...

FixedIt: Alleged child abuse is not sex

The Daily Telegraph reported that magistrate Graeme Curran had his first court appearance over alleged sexual abuse of a boy in the 1980s. Once again alleged sexual abuse of a child is described as “child sex”. Curran has not yet been tried, so this is not about his guilt or innocence. That can only be determined...

FixedIt: Violent man is responsible for his own future

The Gladstone Observer’s report on a 21 year old man’s conviction for contravening a domestic violence order is a shining example of how NOT to report domestic violence. Violence is a choice made only by the person who commits it. Putting the victim’s actions in the headline makes her responsible for his choices – and...

FixedIt: Rape and sexual abuse of children is not sex

Ex magistrate William Randall was convicted last week for sexually abusing a boy over twelve years, starting when the boy was only five years old. Randall was sentenced to nine years in jail. The Courier Mail reported that Hetty Johnson asked for a review of any cases he presided over that may have involved crimes...

FixedIt: Children cannot engage in “sex acts”

The Morning Bulletin reported on a man held on over 200 charges of rape, making child pornography and possessing child exploitation material, many of those charges related to children under 12. Whatever the outcome of the court case, children under 12 cannot be engaged in “sex acts”. Sex requires consent, children under 12 cannot legally...

© Jane Gilmore 2014