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Victory for sex offenders in Victoria - new law prohibits victims telling their stories publicly

Great post from reader Philip who sent us the tip on the Daily Mail's story below.

Says Philip

Victoria Just sunk even lower.

Wonder who they are trying to protect?

Here's the Daily Mail's story.

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Victorian sexual assault survivors could be jailed for up to four months or face fines exceeding $3000 for telling their stories using their real names. 

The Judicial Proceedings Reports Act was changed in February, prohibiting victims from identifying themselves publicly if their attacker has been found guilty. 

The new law applies retrospectively, meaning victims who have lawfully spoken out previously are now censored from speaking out publicly. Media outlets who defy the law can also be prosecuted and face fines of up to $8,000. 

The only way for victims to identify themselves and tell their stories is to obtain a court order - which is not only time consuming, but would cost more than $10,000 in legal fees.

ENDS

Another reader dropped me a note earlier.

He calls it Shorten's Law.

https://content.legislation.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/33628e6a-0343-36fe-a082-4e69641c138d_58-6280aa044%20authorised.pdf

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