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April 13, 2021  

“I DID REPORT; WE WENT TO COURT. THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED” (INTERVIEW)

April 13, 2021

INTERVIEW WITH GEMMA LUCY SMART

Eighteen months after experiencing sexual assault, Gemma Lucy Smart (University Lecturer) made the courageous decision to report it to police. The Police and the Department of Public Prosecutions then went to great lengths to question her repeatedly to ensure she was 100% convincned she wanted to 'put herself through the process'.

*Not because they didn't believe her.

*Not because she wasn't an extremely credible witness.

*But because these cases almost never result in a conviction.

Because the system is broken.

While this sad fact can dissuade many people from reporting dehumanising crimes that are committed against them, we must not let this fact keep us silent. Gemma is particularly well versed in law, so to have her meticulously unpack this experience, is compelling listening.  She is now on a mission to change the legal prodedures around sexual assault. We'd be grateful if you would share this podcast with anybody and everybody, who might help her on that mission.

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