Rape Crisis activists seek better access to care, treatment and justice for rape survivors.
In 2012, the Department of Justice convened a task team, who did research about sexual offences courts. As a result, the Department of Justice released a report in 2013 recommending the re-establishment of specialised sexual offences courts. Rape Crisis took part in the successful lobbying for changes to sexual offences legislation, which includes the re-establishment of these courts.
Initially, government undertook to re-establish 57 courts nationally over three years, from 2013 to 2016 in accordance with the sexual offences courts model. However now, at the end of the 2016 reporting year, there are only 43 re-established sexual offences courts.
Rape Crisis intends to hold government accountable for the promise of specialised sexual offences courts. We believe these courts are key to increasing reporting rates and conviction rates for rape, and decreasing the secondary victimisation of rape survivors. We will do this through our advocacy campaign, which will include community workshops, community actions and lobbying decision makers.