Join us for an update on proposed changes to Queensland’s criminal laws regarding sexual assault and consent.
Last week, a report from the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee of the Queensland Parliament recommended changing consent legislation -- but not to include the ‘affirmative consent’ model that survivors and advocates have been calling for years. This report is one more instance of ignoring their well-documented demands.
Why is it so hard to trust survivors and their advocates? The practical implication of (not) changing definitions of consent matters to a lot of people for personal and professional reasons. This event will be a good opportunity to get across the facts, before parliament resumes in late February.
Speakers confirmed for this event:
Julie Sarkozi works with the Women’s Legal Centre Queensland. She will provide a litigant’s perspective on how the mistake of fact legislation is used in the courts to excuse non-consensual behaviour.
Yasmin Khan is the founder of the Bangle foundation. She will offer her insights as an advocate for multicultural women affected by domestic abuse (including experiences of martial rape), and other issues of consent across cultures.
Amy MacMahon – I'm the member for South Brisbane in the Queensland Parliament. I support changing the draft legislation currently before parliament to include an affirmative model of consent
This event is free and open to everyone. This will be a good opportunity to learn where we are at with changes to consent law, in a casual environment. Light snacks will be provided. Come by yourself, or bring a mate.
We acknowledge that this event is being held in the traditional lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We acknowledge their ongoing struggle against colonialism, and the role of sexual violence in this context.