Sexual assault, sexual harassment and crisis support
Sexual assault and sexual harassment support
An experience of sexual assault and sexual harassment is a serious issue that can impact anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender identity, sexual preferences, religious or cultural background. We take a victim/survivor-led approach to ensure that those who have been impacted by sexual assault and/or harassment may find the support they need, whenever they need it.
There is no right or wrong way to react to the impact of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Please know that if you contact us you will be believed and supported. Your phone call or email will be answered by one of our two full-time Campus Care staff, Rachael McDermott or Emma Edwards, who are both health professionals who have skills and experience in responding to reports of this nature. We aim to ensure that you have access to advice and information about your options for support and reporting within the University and externally. Talking to Campus Care does not mean that you are making a formal report to the university. We will keep your information confidential and support you to make decisions from an informed place.
There are a range of free and confidential services available to ensure you do not feel alone in this time. In addition to Counselling and wellbeing support, we can support you to consider your academic position and any flexibility you may need as a result of the impact of your experience. We will also talk with you about your feelings of safety on campus and any strategies we may be able to suggest to ensure this.
For further information on how reports to the University are managed, please visit our FAQs on Reporting.
Other services to contact may include:
- Lifeline 13 11 14 (available 7pm to midnight)
- Mental Health Line (NSW) 1800 011 511
- Suicide callback service 1300 659 467 (24hrs)
- NSW Rape Crisis Centre is the 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW - men and women - who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault.
Phone: 1800 424 017
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