Sexual assault is a crime.
Its impact can be devastating. However, recovery is possible and there is help available to assist you.
If you are a victim of sexual assault there are many services you can contact, depending on your needs, to report the crime or to seek counselling and support. This includes the Victims Access Line which provides 24 hour information, referral and support to victims of crime.
In an emergency phone 000 or your local police station.
Otherwise you can phone your local sexual assault service. These services are free and confidential to any male or female victim of sexual assault, their friends and family.
Not only are services available, there are also changes in laws which have improved the way victims of sexual assault are supported and treated in the court system in New South Wales, Australia.
Victims of crime in New South Wales have a Charter of Victims Rights to protect and promote their rights. The NSW Government has recently amended the Charter, strengthening the way rights are expressed.
Royal Commission into child sexual abuse
On 12 November 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a nationwide Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions. The Prime Minister has stated that she hopes the Terms of Reference will be developed and the appointment of a Royal Commissioner or Commissioners will be announced by the end of the year. This website will provide updates as the Royal Commission progresses.
More information is available from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. If you would like your details passed onto the Royal Commission, leave your email or postal address by phone on 1800 099 340 or by email to email@example.com.
On 9 November 2012, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the appointment of a Special Commission of Inquiry into allegations raised in the media yesterday about police handling of abuse by the clergy within the Catholic Church in the Hunter region. If you would like to make a submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry, Victims Services has prepared submission guidelines (PDF 178KB) .
If you have been affected or would like information, referrals and support about sexual abuse please visit the contacts section of this website. This information sheet (PDF 203KB) provides information and support and contacts for persons attending the Special Commission of Inquiry while this information sheet (PDF 185KB) has been developed to provide advice about support for persons affected by the Special Commission of Inquiry.
Hey Sis, We've got your Back!
The Aboriginal Women's Sexual Assault Network (AWSAN) was launched on 20 September 2012 at Parliament House. Attached is the eNews Update and Information Flyer. The first Network meeting was on 22 and 23 October 2012 at South Maroubra. If you are interested in joining the Network please complete the attached registration form. For more information see the Hey Sis, We've got your Back! website.
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