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Sexual Assault

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is a sexual act done to, or in front of, someone when it is not wanted.  Most people who experience sexual assault know the person who has assaulted them, and it can happen to anyone.

Sexual assault can be: kissing when it is not wanted, rough or violent sex, refusing to use condoms, rape, inappropriate touching, exposing genitals or sexual acts with children.  It does not matter if the person is in a relationship with the victim, if a sexual act is unwanted then it is sexual assault.

Most people who sexually assault others, do it for power and control over another person, not just for the sexual feeling.

The majority of sexual assault victims are women, but men can be sexually assaulted too.

Sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim.

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted

If you want to report it to police, call your local police station or 000.

If you are not sure what to do, or want to talk about any sexual assault that has happened in the past, you can call:

  • Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence: 1800 806 292
  • 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732 for telephone counselling at any time of day or night
  • InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence: 1800 755 988
  • OR Speak to your doctor.

How you might be affected

Every person who has been sexually assaulted will be affected differently.  Many people experience the following feelings after sexual assault, sometimes for a short time and sometimes for a long time:

  • Fear
  • Embarrassment
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Low confidence
  • Loss of trust

If you have experienced sexual assault, it can be helpful to talk to someone about it, please think about calling 1800 RESPECT or one of the other support services listed.