Warning: this episode discusses the court process following reports of sexual violence or homicide as well as recent, well publicised sexually violent crimes which some listeners may find distressing.
Nationally, many states have made changes to their laws to make sure victim/survivors of sexual assault can tell their stories, in their own words without court processes. However, proposed changes to the laws in Victoria have garnered criticism from victim/survivor advocates and groups, who consider these changes are regressive and put the power back in the hands of the accused. On the other hand, the Victims of Crime Commission thinks the government has got the balance right between a victim/survivor's right to privacy and their ability to self-identify. So what exactly is going on? Why have these laws become so divisive?
We speak to Melbourne barrister Greg Bucchorn, who explains this complex legal landscape.