The Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline
Who is the Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline for?
The Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline offers telephone support and counselling to people of any gender identify and age who have been sexually assaulted or abused. It is also for those who are concerned someone they care about might have been assaulted or abused.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is an unwanted or forced sexual act or behaviour without your informed consent. Sexual violence is being forced, pressured or tricked into doing sexual things when you don’t want to do. No one has the right to make you do sexual things that you don’t want to do, even if you are married to them or in a relationship with them. Sexual violence can be a form of domestic and family violence. Sexual assault is a crime. More
Just because you didn’t say no, doesn’t mean you consented. You can agree to something initially and then change your mind. Sexual violence can include anything sexual that makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, and unable to say no. It also includes so much more.
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Who commits sexual assault?
Sexual Assault and abuse is perpetrated by people in all kinds of settings and against all age groups and genders. Sexual violence can include anything sexual that makes you feel scared or uncomfortable. Sexual violence can involve strangers or people you know, including:
- Boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, husbands or wives
- Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ex-partners, ex-husbands or ex-wives
- Carers or paid support workers
- Parents, guardians or other family members
- Casual sex partners
- Other people you live with or see often, whether inside or outside the home
- Someone you know but aren’t close to, like a neighbour, boss, or friend of a friend
It is never OK for any of these people to force you to do something that you are not comfortable with. Every person has the right to say what happens to their body. For more information about Sexual Assault or to chat with someone, please visit 1800RESPECT
Impacts of sexual assault
There are many impacts of a sexual assault or experiencing sexual abuse. You may not even recognise them as affects initially. They include, but are not limited to sleeplessness, headaches, feeling numb, angry, unclean, alone, feeling judged, memory loss, nausea, overwhelmed, unable to trust, feeling unsafe and more
We can help you through this time
Whether you have recently experienced a sexual assault or sexual abuse or many years have past since, we can help you. Our Counsellors will support you while you to decide what to do next. They will listen to you and provide you with options. More
Sexual assault is never ok! It is never your fault! It is always a crime!
Call the Sexual Assault Helpline
Counsellors are available from 7:30am until 11:30pm, 7 days.