Rape Crisis believes greater protection in court would give victims of sex attacks more courage to speak out

Rape Crisis hopes that the victims of sexual violence and rape report their attacks in order to effect change.

The Government believes complainants in sex offence trials should receive greater protection. It is looking at the introduction of a positive definition of sexual consent, allowing the complainant’s sexual history to be heard only at the judge’s discretion and making court processes inquisitorial rather than adversarial.

Rape Crisis spokeswoman Sands Peipi hopes victims of sex crimes will have more courage to speak out once they are given greater protection. She says often the biggest crime around sexual violence is that it is not talked about.

Ms Peipi says the proposals will increase discussion about sexual violence. She says changes to the consent law will bring New Zealand into line with what is happening in similar countries such as the UK and Australia.

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