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Sexting Mock Court Hearing, Gippsland Project

Recent research shows that ‘sexting’ – the act of taking and sharing sexually provocative photos of yourself and others – is becoming more and more popular with children under the age of 16, raising concerns from both schools and local police.

Sexting is illegal behaviour, defined under the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) as offences in making, possessing and distributing child pornography with maximum penalties of 10 years imprisonment and up to 8 years on the Sex Offender Register. Certain Commonwealth offences also apply, with maximum penalties of up to 15 years imprisonment.

It’s a serious issue.

In order to demonstrate the real life consequences of sexting (both legal and social) GCLS and Victoria Legal Aid have developed a mock courtroom session for Year 8 students.

During the courtroom session students witness a real police officer, defence lawyer and magistrate follow the legal procedure for a sentencing hearing where ‘Albert’ (a 16 year old) is pleading guilty to several offences around ‘sexting’. A facilitated discussion is then held to further explore the issues and consequences.

As Kate Windmill, the Principal Lawyer from GCLS explains, ‘…this provides a valuable insight for the students into a real life situation they could easily face but not anticipate’.

If your school would like to be involved in the Sexting Mock Court, please contact us on 1800 004 402 or request a session through our online form.