QCOSS urge government rethink on consent laws and youth justice reform

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Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Aimee McVeigh is urging the state government to listen to women and ensure rape laws in Queensland require that enthusiastic consent is provided before sex.

“It has been encouraging to see the Premier and other members of the government come out in support of women, sharing their own stories of violence and discrimination. We hope this is a sign that the government is ready to listen to women by preventing their Consent (Mistake of Fact) Bill from passing into law,” said Ms McVeigh.

“Survivors of sexual violence and the services that support them are asking for laws to reflect community expectations – affirmative consent is required before sex.

“The laws must be re-drafted. They are not fit for purpose and do nothing to improve the safety and wellbeing of women.

“We can do better. Victoria and Tasmania have had affirmative consent laws in place for several years,” said Ms McVeigh.

Earlier today, QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh also presented at the committee inquiry into the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021.

“Organisations across Queensland have provided evidence of the services they run that are effective in diverting children out of the justice system.

“There is no compelling evidence that suggests that the proposed laws will be effective in addressing the issue of youth crime.

“We must do more to support young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system by addressing the underlying causes of criminal behavior. Overcoming poverty, homelessness and supporting children to recover from trauma will do more to keep the community safe than the draconian laws proposed by the Government.”

22 March 2021 |Focus area: |Service type: , , ,