What are sexual offences?
Offences of a sexual nature may result in a person being charged with one of several serious crimes. These offences include Sexual Assault and Rape.
What is Sexual assault?
To convict a person of sexual assault, the Prosecution must prove that the person assaulted another and that the assault was both unlawful and indecent. A person assaults another if the person strikes, touches or moves or otherwise applies force of any kind to the person of another either directly or indirectly without their consent.
“Consent” means consent freely and voluntarily given by a person with the ability to know and understand what she or he is doing in giving consent.
An assault is unlawful unless it is authorised, justified or excused by law.
The word “indecent” bears its ordinary everyday meaning. It is what the community regards as indecent. It is what offends against currently accepted standards of decency. Indecency must always be judged in the light of time, place and circumstances.