Reverse the new paedophiles and rapists gag laws in victoria

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The state of Victoria has passed a new law that legally bans all sexual assault survivors from speaking out using their real names in cases where the offender has been found guilty - meaning tens of thousands of survivors have lost the legal rights to share their stories. The 'Gag Law' also limits survivors advocating for change, and in turn, protects convicted pedophiles and rapists. 

The new changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act, which were quietly introduced in February, apply regardless of whether the victim consents to be named, while also silencing many survivors who have lawfully been able to tell their stories in public in the past. Those found guilty of breaking these new laws could face jail time, and fines in excess of $8,000. 

Now, the only way for a survivor to speak out in public is to take the matter to court and obtain a court order - a process which survivors would have to take on themselves.

We MUST have this law reversed. 

This is a human right as a victim to be able to tell their story without penalty. 

This campaign is demanding that the Victorian Government to change these new laws to allow the survivors of sexual abuse the option to waive their right to anonymity - should they choose - and speak out about their experiences. 

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