Lecturer in Criminology, Deakin University
Dr Wendy O’Brien lecturers in Criminology and conducts research on human rights and international justice. Wendy's current research focuses on children's access to justice, and on the legal responses to violence against women, children and LGBTI identified individuals. Wendy also conducts work on the practical implementation of public policy with a particular focus on the evaluation of responses to women and children in contexts of sexual assault. Recent publications include scholarly articles in the International Journal of Children’s Rights, and the Human Rights Law Review.
Prior to her appointment at Deakin, Wendy served seven years as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Crime Commission where she conducted intelligence led research, and provided policy advice on issues of sexual violence and the wellbeing of children.
Reports of coercive sex acts among small children quite understandably provoke strong and broad ranging reactions. The case of a child in grade one performing sex acts on other children in a Victorian primary school...