Our Counsellors will support you while you to decide what to do next. It is important to take special care of your own health and wellbeing during this time.
If you have any physical injuries, are at risk of infection or pregnancy please seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.
Be aware that counselling and support services are available to you to help you come to terms with or address any personal issues resulting from what has happened to you.
In Queensland there are two ways you can report the crime to Police. You can report the crime personally and direct to the Police or for whatever reason and if you prefer, you can provide information about what happened to you to the Police – anonymously. No matter what you decide you must remind yourself that sexual assault is a crime and you should never blame yourself!
To report in person
If you wish to make a report to Police in person, there are some practical steps that our trained practitioners can talk you through. We sensitively remind you that showering or the disposal of clothing is not recommended prior to forensic examinations.
If you wish to report the crime and remain anonymous:
There are a number of reasons why survivors may not want to be identified or become involved in a public investigation; you may simply feel that you want to get on with the healing process in private. The choice is always yours.
In these circumstances an ARO (Alternate Reporting Option) is available; you can report the crime by providing information, which may be of assistance to the Police in investigating other crimes. You can complete a sexual crime survey which can be downloaded from the Queensland Police Service website www.police.qld.gov.au and remain anonymous.
If you are unsure what to do for the best, make a note of all relevant facts – such as the time and location, what you remember about the location, what exactly you can recall happened to you, whether anyone else saw what happened and anyone you told about the assault. When you are ready you can call the Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 or go to the Adult Sexual Assault section at www.police.qld.gov.au for more information.
What you can expect when you call
- We will answer your phone call as promptly as possible and treat you with respect
- We will respond to your needs in a professional, flexible and empowering manner
- Your safety and the safety of other family members is our first priority and we will support you with your safety decision
- We will treat your personal and confidential information responsibly
- We may be required to release your information without your consent and within the Information Privacy Act Guidelines. We always specify this during phone conversations.
- We will arrange an interpreter if you need one
- If you are hearing impaired, we can link through the National Relay Service
- If you lodge a complaint we have a robust quality assurance process in place, and we will investigate your concerns. You always have the right to escalate your complaint. Go to Contact Us page for further information.