My story: sentencing

I spoke about the court process yesterday. To round out the month, I’ll talk briefly about the charges I received and the sentencing for them. As I said in my post about getting caught, I was arrested due to my habit of taking candid photos of teenage girls I saw in public. The initial charge […]

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My story: the court process

I haven’t spoken about court yet, so let’s touch on that now. Like the majority of criminal cases, mine was dealt with entirely through Magistrate’s Court. The court system operates like a funnel, or a sieve. Typically, cases are initially raised in the Magistrate’s Court, and most matters are completed there, too. A few cases […]

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Setbacks

I’m very glad the most stressful period is over, and now I can live a relatively stable life. But it’s a small world, and there’s always s chance of bumping into someone who knows, as happened tonight. I’m now out of the social group I was in, but the shared interest means our lives still […]

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Justice vs. Sex

So, I’m on the Sex Offenders Registry for eight years. What’s the bet there’ll be changes to legislation between now and then? Changes that get grandfathered into the current scheme and therefore apply to people already on the registry? Applying penalties retrospectively is something you generally just don’t do in law, but there’s a push […]

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Christmas approaches

We alternate Christmases. I have the kids one Christmas, and their mum has them the next. I just realised, with mild alarm, that it would be my turn to organise gifts from Santa this year, as the kids will be with me. I have enough trouble thinking what to get them from me, let alone […]

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Violence against women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here in Australia, it manifests itself as White Ribbon Day, which I guess is a bit less of a mouthful… Clementine Ford wrote a great article today about how the White Ribbon campaign risks being little more than ineffective tokenism – something “good […]

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A healthy interest

There’s a school a couple of blocks from where I work, and I’ll sometimes see students out and about when getting lunch. It’s a year nine campus, so they’re all about 15. I haven’t seen any of them for a few days, and I’ve just realised that they’ve possibly already finished school for the year, […]

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Lack of research

One of the unfortunate side-effects of social stigma and mandatory reporting, aside from the disincentive to seek support, is that it makes it almost impossible to do meaningful research. How many people are attracted to children? Exclusively or non-exclusively? How many act on that attraction? Does mandatory reporting ensure a significant number of children get […]

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My story: dealing with Corrections

One component of my sentence was a two year Community Corrections Order (CCO). Whereas the role of Police is to investigate and prosecute crimes committed (past), Corrections is focused on community-based supervision of offenders, providing oversight to reduce the risk of re-offending (future). In addition to basic conditions like not offending and not leaving the […]

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Transgender woman dies in male prison

A women given a prison sentence was placed in a male prison. Now she’s dead. This is just not good enough. In the midst of Transgender Awareness Week, Vicky Thompson is found dead in a men's prison. She was 21 years old. Fuck this world. — Anna Madeleine (@annamadeleine) November 19, 2015 Whilst I believe that sentencing […]

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