Sexual violence and Indigenous victims : women, children and the criminal justice system


This is the first report of a research project on experiences of Indigenous victims of sexual violence in the criminal justice system. In this phase, the project examines the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female and child victims are dealt with by the courts through an analysis of court/sentencing decisions. Preliminary analysis shows that the majority of cases involved girls aged between 11 and 15 and involved perpetrators known to the victims, although the age range could be an artefact of factors such as decisions about whether to prosecute charges. The paper discusses the findings and outlines future research.