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Expert calls for law reform after Tas child sex case

A legal expert on child sex crimes argues the Tasmanian case illustrates screaming gaps in the law. Professor Caroline Taylor AM from Edith Cowan University says Australian laws and the way they’re interpreted offer greater protection to sex offenders rather than shielding children from abuse. MARK COLVIN: One of Australia’s leading legal experts on sexual violence against children says the case in Tasmania illustrates gaping
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ECU researcher receives prestigious policing award

Congratulations to the Foundation Chair of Social Justice and Head of the Social Justice Research Centre, Professor Caroline Taylor, who was recently awarded the Australian Institute of Policing Excellence in Research on Improving Policing for Women Award, at the 2010 Excellence in Policing Awards. The awards ceremony, held at the Marriott Hotel in Brisbane, recognises outstanding contributions to the police force, and is open
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Professor says child sex laws just ‘tinkering’

RECOMMENDATIONS to boost maximum penalties for child sex offences will have little effect on the prevalence of abuse, a Ballarat-based academic said yesterday. The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has recommended that the government raise the maximum penalty, to 25 years’ jail, for those convicted of sexual penetration of a child aged between 10 and 12. But Edith Cowan University social justice chair Professor Caroline
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Abuse of trust breeds culture of silence

THE puerile stunt by Sydney radio jocks Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O on Wednesday, in which a 14-year-old girl was strapped to a lie detector and interrogated by her mother about sexual matters, reveals more than just the nation’s shock that the distressed girl disclosed she was raped as a 12-year-old. The stupidity and crassness of Sandilands and Ms O aside, the incident amplified
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Ballarat academic bound for Interpol conference

BALLARAT-based academic Professor Caroline Taylor will speak at an Interpol conference in France next month.Professor Taylor, who is Edith Cowan University’s Social Justice Unit professorial chair and previously worked at the University of Ballarat, will talk on improving ways police respond to and investigate child sexual abuse cases. The five-day conference in Lyons is for Interpol’s Specialist Group on Serious Crimes against Children. Professor
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Victim’s age influences rape prosecutions

PETER CAVE: Groundbreaking Victorian research has found sexual assault victims aged in their twenties and thirties may be less likely to succeed in prosecuting their alleged offenders. Criminologists have analysed Victoria Police files and found that alcohol use and mental illness may also work against a case succeeding. Their study is still in its early stages but the researchers are confident their findings will
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Child porn producers closer to home

One of Australia’s leading researchers into child sex abuse says too many parents are focussing on ‘stranger danger’ to try and protect their children. Professor Caroline Taylor says when it comes to child pornography the reality is most children are abused by family members. Edith Cowan University professor Caroline Taylor has just returned to Australia after being invited to address the 29th World Meeting
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Christine Nixon APM visited Friends of Phoenix

   In 2008 then Commissioner of Victoria Police Christine Nixon APM visited Friends of Phoenix members as our inaugural ambassador.


Christine Nixon Ambassador

Police Commissioner of Victoria Police Christine Nixon AMP with Professor Taylor speaking at the media conference and launch of Christine as our inaugural ambassador held at the Eureka Tower, Melbourne.     Please click the ‘Continue reading…’ button to see photos of Christine Nixon and Caroline Taylor at this significant event for the organisation (Melbourne, 2008).                  
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Trots night 2009, Ballarat Bray Raceway

Board of Directors Daniel Torpy presenting the winning trophy to one of the drivers of the race sponsored by Daniel. Sharon Mudge, owner of Eastwood Vets who sponsored one of the races, at the presentation of the trophy for the winning driver . CT Bear who was a guest on every table at the Trots night and was purchased by many to take home
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Horse Trials in May 2011

“In May 2011 the annual Friends of Ballarat Horse Trials held in Ballarat made CoP the charity of choice. We were delighted with the committee’s decision and thank them sincerely.  Two of our ‘Friends of Phoenix’ Members, Vicki and Phil Biggs, made a stencil of our phoenix logo that we could use a transfer with water-based ink paint on to the sides of horses.
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Professor Taylor addresses Interpol on child abuse

Professor Caroline Taylor was honored by an invitation to provide a key address at the 29th World Meeting of Interpol’s Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children held at Interpol’s European headquarters in Lyons, France in early September 2011. The meeting is by invitation only and Professor Taylor presented a key address to the meeting as well as workshop/seminar.  Her paper will be published on
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