Year 11 students who led their class to make the submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission
23 November 2018

Young advocates for law reform on sexual consent

‚ÄčYear 11 girls at St Catherine's School are a voice for their generation. The legal studies students have had their submission published in the New South Wales Law Reform Commission's Consultation Paper 21 'Consent in relation to sexual offences' released this October.

The Year 11 Legal Studies cohort made the decision to make a submission "based on our status as teenage girls and as informed members of society". The leaders of the group were Jade Eassey, Maisy Lam-Po-Tang and Sophia Elliott (pictured) who felt strongly that girls their age should have a say on the need for this important law reform.

The students had been investigating 'Law reform in action' as part of their preliminary course using sexual assault and consent as their focus. The NSW Law Reform Commission issued a request for submissions to their review of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) which deals with consent in relation to sexual offences.

Asking for clarity around the definition of consent and a shift towards what it means to consent, and a further request for compulsory education on consent within the secondary education sector, the students' submission was both sophisticated and eloquent.

These St Catherine's students are between 16 and 17 years old and were the only people their age who made a submission to the Commission. It is now published in Consultation Paper 21 Consent in relation to sexual offences and can be found on the Law Reform Commission's website. The Paper is now open for comment.


For more information contact:
Lauren Coetzee, Marketing and Communications Manager
St Catherine's School, Waverley