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Teen suicide, sexuality and silence [Sexuality in WA schools: the criminal law response]

Kendall, C. and Walker, S. (1998) Teen suicide, sexuality and silence [Sexuality in WA schools: the criminal law response]. Alternative Law Journal, 23 (5). pp. 216-221.


Research concerned with the problems facing lesbian and gay youth indicates two recurring elements that require immediate attention on the part of educators and social activists. The first is an alarming suicide rate amongst lesbian and gay adolescents. The second is what has been referred to as a 'second wave' of HIVIAlDS transmission amongst young gay men between the ages of 14 and 19.

This article will examine the ability of high school educators in Western Australia to effectively deal with these issues in light of Western Australia's Law Reform (Decriminalization of Sodomy) Act 1989, which makes it a criminal offence to 'promote homosexual behaviour' and which ultimately resulted in discriminatory age of consent provisions being added to the State's Criminal Code. It is submitted that legislation of this sort impedes the ability of educators to effectively address these issues.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative Ltd
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