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Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 17882013

Abstract The report provides an overview of the socio-political factors and events that have influenced the development of Australia’s child sexual abuse legislation from 1788-2013.

Key developments in relevant legislation during this period which are discussed in detail in the report include:

- the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting males

- the removal of gendered language from legislation to enable the law to deal with matters involving male victims, female offenders and same sex offences

- broadening the definition of sexual intercourse

- introduction of specific legislation relating to child pornography

- introduction of mandatory reporting laws.

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