Below the Belt: a phone app

Below the Belt: a phone app

We are working on improving our free Android phone app Below the Belt, and making it more accessible to young people on a range of devices, so the app is currently offline. If you’d like to send us your feedback or receive an email alert when Below the Belt is available again, email belowthebelt@legalaid.vic.gov.au.

For legal information about sending selfies, sex and consent, and cyberbullying see our legal topic page Sex and the law.

About the project

Our first phone app, Below the Belt: Sex, Selfies and Cyberbullying, was launched in November 2013 on Google Play.

The app focused on three main issues:

  • sex and consent (including age of consent)
  • sexting
  • cyberbullying.

These are issues that young people increasingly face, and the legal consequences of committing offences that involve these issues can be very serious, including a young person being placed on the sex offenders’ register. Equipping young people with good legal information, in an engaging interactive format, can prevent them from making decisions that could have a negative legal impact on them, and also jeopardise their relationships with friends, partners and family.

Project contributors

Below the Belt contributors include: 

  • Legal Aid ACT
  • Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
  • Legal Aid Western Australia
  • Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
  • Youth Advocacy Centre Queensland.

In addition, the following have been important project consultants:

  • Youthlaw
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault
  • Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
  • Maribyrnong Youth Services
  • Youthworx Media.