Statement attributed to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy.
I acknowledge the strength and resilience of victims who come forward and tell their stories - it is an incredibly brave and difficult thing to do.
The changes that took effect in February were about reducing barriers and improving clarity for victims who want to talk about their experiences, not about introducing new restrictions for survivors who want to go public with their story.
I am aware of the concerns raised by victims and advocacy groups regarding the effect of these reforms and have asked the Department of Justice and Community Safety to urgently look at whether further changes are needed to ensure they are effective.
I remain concerned about the barriers, both cultural and legal, that continue to exist for victims of sexual assault - that is why I’ve also asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission review Victoria's laws relating to rape, sexual assault and associated adult and child sexual offences, and provide advice on opportunities to further improve the these laws.
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