The Sexual Assault Helpline
Who is the Sexual Assault Helpline for?
The Sexual Assault Helpline offers emotional support and referral pathways to anyone who has, or thinks they may have been sexually assaulted or abused. It is also for those who are concerned someone they care about might have been assaulted or abused.
- We will listen to you, believe you, support you and explain your options.
- The helpline is for anyone of any age, any gender, any religion, any background and any disability. We help everyone. LGBTIQ, hearing impaired, or those who need a translator.
- Please call us if you have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused and are unsure what to do next., or just need to talk. We will explain your options.
- Please call us if you are unsure if what you experienced is sexual assault or sexual abuse We are here to listen and explain your options.
- Please call us if you are worried that someone you know may have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse.
- You can call us anonymously, anytime on 1800 010 120 between 7.30am and 11.30pm, 7 days.
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
Call the Sexual Assault Helpline
Counsellors are available from 7:30am until 11:30pm, 7 days.