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PARLIAMENT PASSES THE PENAL CODE (AMENDMENT) (SEXUAL OFFENCES) BILL 2016

WEDNESDAY 4TH MAY 2016

Parliament has passed the Penal Code (Amendment) (Sexual Offences) Bill 2016 on Tuesday the 3rd of may 2016.

The Bill amended the Penal Code in relation to Sexual Offences to provide greater protection against sexual violence and exploitation.
It updated the current offences in the penal Code by providing clear definitions and capturing a greater range of criminal acts of a sexual nature.
It also increased the penalties for serious offences, particularly those involving young children.
The provisions are gender neutral and apply equally to acts committed by men and women.
The updated offences are:

  • Rape
  • Attempted Rape
  • Incest
  • Indecent assault
  • Indecent Act
  • Sexual intercourse with a child
  • Procuration

The Bill also introduced the following new offences:

  • Sexual intercourse with a person with disability
  • Sexual intercourse by a person in a position of trust
  • Commercial child sexual exploitation
  • Child exploitation material and
  • Internal people trafficking

The Bill is passed with no amendments.

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