NSW Sexual Consent Laws To Be Reviewed Following Huge Four Corners Report

Laws need clarity

NSW Sexual Consent Laws To Be Reviewed Following Huge Four Corners Report Four Corners

Sexual consent laws in NSW will be reviewed after a woman who said she was raped in a Kings Cross laneway has shared her story. 

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said on Tuesday he would refer the state's consent laws to the Law Reform Commission.

Saxon Mullins, now 23, told viewers on ABC’s Four Corners how she was raped in an alleyway behind a popular nightclub in Sydney's party district in 2013 on her first night out in the big smoke.

By sharing her story she hoped it would provoke a discussion about consent.

Over a five-year period, Ms Saxon endured two trials and two appeals with her attacker Luke Lazarus eventually walking free.

“I never knew what it felt like to be utterly helpless. The first time I ever felt like that was in an alleyway behind Soho when I was raped,” she said, describing the assault and the aftermath. 

The trial heard Lazarus, 21 at the time, met Ms Mullins on the dance floor where he told her he was part owner of the nightclub and offered to introduce her to the DJ in the VIP area.

Instead he led her into a back laneway and the pair kissed before, according to Ms Mullins, he forced her into the sex act.

Mr Speakman said sexual consent laws needed clarity.

“This case had two trials and two appeals …. And in the end, no resolution. We don’t want that wasted time, that delay, that trauma for non-consensual participants,” Mr Speakman earlier told The TODAY Show this morning.

“We want the law to be clarified and made fairer, if possible.”