Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has welcomed the NSW Attorney-General’s referral to the Law Reform Commission for a review of sexual consent laws. The NSW Government has referred the state’s consent laws to the Law Reform Commission, following an ABC Four Corners investigation into a high-profile sexual assault case.
Dr Faruqi said:
“Anyone who saw Four Corners last night cannot argue against the need for sexual consent laws in NSW to be strengthened. I welcome the Attorney-General’s call for review of sexual consent laws, and hope the laws will be changed to include affirmative consent.
“Consent cannot be inferred through a person’s silence or assumed if a victim does not physically resist. Consent must be redefined as active, positive, and voluntary, and our laws must change to reflect this.
“Saxon Mullins has shown extraordinary courage in drawing attention to this by publicly sharing the terrible trauma she has been through. It is imperative that lawmakers take the next step and change these laws.
“Sexual violence persists in our society and we must do everything we can to change this, leading with changing our laws coupled with education and awareness around positive and active consent in the community and within the justice system,” she concluded.