Sexual Offences and Obscene Publications Bill

Closed 4 Feb 2019

Opened 10 Dec 2018


The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is consulting on a draft Sexual Offences and Obscene Publications Bill 2018.

The purpose of the Bill is to modernise and consolidate the legislation and address important matters such as:  

  • updating the definition of consent to ensure that it provides appropriate and clear protection for victims
  • reviewing sentences for offences
  • addressing image-based abuse
  • modernising the legislation relating to pornography and obscene publications and
  • the pardoning and removal of criminal records relating to historic consensual homosexual offences

Why We Are Consulting

The DHA is seeking views on a number of aspects of the legislation to ensure it provides an appropriate framework for preventing, protecting from, and prosecuting sexual offences. 

What Happens Next

The Department is grateful for your views on this important piece of social legislation. It will analyse the responses and use them to assist in finalising the Bill. Subject to the authority of the Council of Ministers, it is hoped to introduce this Bill into the House of Keys within the next few months.


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