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  • Sexual Offences
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Sexual Offences

This chapter explains crime of rape and the meaning of consent as well as related crimes (sexual intercourse with a young person, aggravated sexual assault and other sexual offences). Court procedure, protections for a victim of sexual assault as well as other factors affecting sexual offences are also discussed.


Sexual Offences are mainly dealt with in the Criminal Code Act 1924 (Tas) (the Criminal Code). Rape ‘Rape is committed where any person has sexual intercourse with another person without that person's consent’ (s185, Criminal Code). 'Sexual intercourse' is defined as the penetration to the leas...

Investigation and Court Procedures

Protection for the Victim The victim will be referred to as a complainant right up until the conviction of the accused. For the accused to be convicted, the complainant will usually have first given evidence before a magistrate and then in a trial before a jury of 12 people. The complainant will...

Compensation for Victims

Where a victim suffers injury as a result of rape or other sexual assault, compensation may be awarded under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1976 (Tas). Victims of rape and sexual assault can be awarded a maximum of $30,000.

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