#NoExcuse4Rape

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Sex offences like rape are a massive problem: on best estimates, over 130,000 incidents in Australia per year – that’s about 15 per hour. These offences violate the most fundamental human right of ‘security of person’. The victim’s world descends into fear, and there's a long, long road to recovery.

The problem: victims don't report rape. Why? One of the reasons is that the conviction rate is less than 1 in 5. There's little hope for justice.

Why is this so? One of the reasons is the law that says even if a victim proves they didn't consent (so, proves it was rape), the accused can say, “my mistake, I thought they did consent”. And they don't even have to prove it was a reasonable mistake. If successful, the "mistaken" accused escapes conviction.

We want you to ask the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) to remove this “mistake of fact” excuse from sex offences in Queensland entirely, or if they can't do this, to change it so the accused at least has to prove it was a mistake.

We also want you to ask them to change the definition of “consent” - to “unequivocal, voluntary agreement.” Affirmative consent is the only kind of “YES” that will do. The petition letter explains this in more legal terms.

Please sign our petition.

We only have until this Friday, 31 January 2020.

If you want to find out more, please go to our pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noexcuse.qld.1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noexcuse4rape/

QLRC Review Consultation Paper: https://www.qlrc.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/636554/qlrc-wp78.pdf 

Photo credit: "Girl #1" by Marcin Micewicz licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.