SASS submission - Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Assault) Bill 2017

2 February 2017

SASS endorsed the proposed amendments contained in the Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Assault) Bill to repeal the offence of aggravated sexual assault, and instead broaden the types of penetrative assaults that can be captured by the crime of rape. SASS believed that this amendment would mark a significant, positive change from historically gendered and restrictive definitions of sexual intercourse and assault.

SASS also proposed the inclusion of an objectives clause and guiding principles concerning sexual assault within the Tasmanian Criminal Code Act 1924. The inclusion of these provisions would bring multiple benefits, including:

  • providing an aid to judicial and practitioner interpretation;
  • serving an educational function in dispelling myths surrounding sexual assault; and
  • articulating a clear policy message regarding the nature and context of sexual assault.