No discriminatory, derogatory or stigmatising language is used. Discriminatory, derogatory or stigmatising language must not be used in sexual offences laws to refer to people with disability. These include terms such as ‘idiots’, ‘imbeciles’, ‘mentally subnormal’, ‘mental defective’ and ‘handicapped’. Good practice laws should refer to ‘people’, ‘persons’ or ‘person’ with disability, in accordance with the language of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This report lays out criteria for good practice human rights compliant laws across four areas of sexual offences legislation, namely rape/sexual assault, age of consent for sexual conduct, treatment of consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults, and sexual offences in relation to people with disability.