Canberra Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Chrystina Stanford said the ACT precedent had been a positive step forward in clarifying the law for sexual assault.
said part of the struggle with prosecutions had been juries were asked to be trauma experts.
''Which simply can't be the case - it takes expert evidence or prosecutors to raises awareness of juries so they are better informed to make decisions around sexual assault cases,'' Ms Stanford
''The better educated juries can be, better outcomes will be inevitable in sexual assault cases.''
The knowledge could also be used to re-empower the victim, Ms Stanford
Statistics estimate that only about 10 per cent of sexual assaults are ever reported to police.
The common reaction of victims of sexual assault was to blame themselves and feel an overwhelming sense of shame, Ms Stanford
said the challenge for organisations like the CRCC
was to help victims overcome those emotions and help them realise they were a victim of a crime.
hoped future reforms would introduce a new legal test for the accused to prove they had gained consent, rather than the victim showing they had not agreed to sexual activity.