How to tell if your child might be dangerous
If you're asked to imagine a dangerous person, you're likely not going to imagine a child, but childhood is actually the time when most issues regarding violent behavior set in. Plus, some children can become dangerous from a young age. Warning signs that predict violent behavior in children start to show up quite early, but when left unchecked these children can grow up to become adolescents and adults who are abusive to others or even end up in the headlines for mass shootings. As parents, it is of utmost importance to keep a careful eye on the development of your child, and make sure you nip these potential problems in the bud—for the good of yourself, your child, and anyone that crosses their path in the future. Fortunately, researchers have long begun to identify how to spot young children who pose a risk of harm to others, either now or in the future, as well as methods for how to deal with them. Click through to see the early warning signs of violent behavior in kids.
As Australia continues to find ways to improve sexual assault rates and increase reporting, new legislation could offer a major incentive for victim-survivors to come forward.
Under a new proposal being considered nationally, sexual assault and harassment complainants would receive immunity against being sued for defamation for reports to police and authorities. Victoria, who is leading the change, is pushing to extend the existing defamation defence of absolute privilege to include people who make complaints to other bodies, like anti-discrimination commissions and professional disciplinary bodies, offering even greater protection.
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The consultation paper, released by the Victorian Government also flagged that the defence would apply even when the speaker deliberately or maliciously made a false or misleading statement" because "research into the prevalence of false, misleading or vexatious publications in a variety of reporting settings has consistently found them to be rare".
The paper went on to argue that "the far more significant issue faced by investigative and enforcement bodies [was] reluctance of victim-survivors to report". © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd
Between 2010 and 2018, rates of sexual assault for Australians aged 15 and over rose by more than 30%, but 87% of cases go unreported.
We know we have a major problem when it comes to incentivising victim-survivors to come forward and report assaults, and, as Bri Lee told ELLE Australia, complainants can expect "an average of a three year delay, horrific cross-examination and absurdly low conviction rates," once they have actually reported. If we're going to improve the process, we need to do it from the start by making it easier and safer for people to speak out.
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"Although complainants are rarely sued in defamation over complaints made to police—at least to my knowledge—the perception that complainants could be sued may have a chilling effect on reporting of wrongdoing," Michael Douglas, senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia's Law School told The Sydney Morning Herald.
"This proposal may alter perceptions for the better. If these reforms lead to more reporting of criminal wrongdoing, that is obviously a good thing," he continued. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd
The consultation paper said 18 out of twenty-seven stakeholders who had made submissions on the proposed change were in favour of it. If approved, the defence would cover reports made to police, statutory investigative agencies, professional disciplinary bodies or employers, but not to media.
Australian defamation laws are state-based so, if approved, the proposed laws would only come into effect at Victoria at this stage. Still, there is hope that other states will follow suit if the proposal is accepted.
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© Pool/Getty Images A shot look try to captivate the cameras. Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appeared this Tuesday, October 4, before the Los Angeles court. The sexual attacker is incarcerated at the Californian correctional center Twin Towers, before his trial scheduled for October 10. During this appearance, man appeared haggard, neglected hair, his face marked by dark circles.