Sexual assault

Man guilty of assaulting 6yo

Justice Martin Ipang, in giving his verdict, said the medical report provided in court proved beyond reasonable doubt he committed the offence.

The child victim gave evidence in court, identifying the man and demonstrated what he did to her on 18 September 2015 in the family home in Port Moresby.

However, he had an alibi, saying he had friends over that day - listening to music, telling stories and cooking and could not have possibly assaulted the girl.

6 year sentence for sexual assault

In most cases, it’s the breach of trust between known persons who perpetrate such crimes against children.

A man from East Sepik Province admitted before the Waigani National Court on Monday to sexually touching his niece at the family home in Port Moresby.

The 28-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison today.

He admitted to two counts of sexually touching his six-year-old niece in June of 2015. He is the first cousin of the victim’s father.

What it's like to be a victim of 'stealthing'

Stealthing is a term given to the act of removing a condom in the middle of sex, without asking your partner's permission.

A recent report from the US suggests that cases are on the rise, and that it is a hugely under-reported issue.

Twenty-two-year-old Louise (not her real name) has been telling Newsbeat it happened to her.

I thought 'that's me'

​Pastor gets 10 years for sexual assault

The man, who is a pastor based in Morobe, will spend 8 years, four months, two weeks and 3 days at Bomana after the Waigani National Court deducted time spent in custody (1 year, 7 months) from the head sentence of 10 years.

The court also ordered for his repatriation to Morobe after the completion of his term.

Justice Panuel Mogish, in handing down his sentence, said pastors of churches hold sacred role in society where people place a high level of trust on them.

​‘Spiritual healer’ pleads guilty in court

The girl was 13 years old when she was violated by the man. He used his fingers to sexually penetrate her twice on 13 September 2015.

The man pleaded guilty today. The court accepted his plea and his lawyer, and the state, went into making submissions on the appropriate penalty the court should impose on him.

The state submitted in court that be the nature of the act (sexual penetration), be it by finger or penile, a pastor who is seen as a spiritual healer violated a girl under the pretext of praying for her behind closed doors.

Music festival websites to go dark to campaign against sexual assault

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) wants festival-goers to be aware of on-site support services available to help victims.

It says there is no evidence of any widespread problem, but hopes this will raise awareness of what is being done.

In 2016, police say two women were raped at Reading Festival.

Bestival, Parklife and Secret Garden Party are among the festivals which have signed up to the Safer Spaces campaign.

‘Spiritual healer’ to stand trial

He is on trial for sexually assaulting a minor; a girl aged 13 at their family home under the pretext of praying with her.

His case was listed for trial today but later deferred to next week Monday.

The man was committed by the District court on March 11, last year to stand trial. 

According to the summary of facts that was put before the district court; the incident took place on 13 September 2015.

The defendant was brought to Port Moresby in August 2015 by the family of the victim after they heard of his spiritual healing powers.

Father guilty of persistent sexual abuse

 The Waigani National Court convicted him after the court was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he did sexually penetrate his daughter following a trial.

He will return to court today where the court will hear submissions on sentence. 

Presiding judge, Justice Nicholas Kirriwom in his ruling on verdict said the father lied to the court that he only sexually touched his daughter.

He said there was no logic that a sensible person would believe the father would have picked her up from school in three different occasions just to fondle her.

Verdict on father’s sexual assault case today

A trial was conducted in the Waiagnai National Court after the man pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting his 13-year-old daughter in 2012.

The victim was in grade 6 at the time she was allegedly assaulted on three occasions.

The man whose identity is withheld to the age of the victim stood trial before Justice Nicholas Kirriwom this week.

It is the State’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her (penetration) in August, September and November of 2012 at various locations in the city after picking her up from school.

Some call it 'stealthing,' others call it sexual assault

But giving it an official name could be a major support for survivors of sexual assault, many of whom face an uphill battle in the legal system, according to an article in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Taking action may also add a new layer to the ongoing discussion about consent and sexual assault, the author said.