Everyone responds to sexual assault differently: there is no right or wrong way to respond – the most important thing is to look after yourself.
If you are a victim of a recent sexual assault, it is important to get help as soon as possible, particularly if you are considering reporting the assault to the police. However, you can do something about sexual assault no matter when the assault took place.
There is a significant amount of support, resources and information available to victims of sexual assault, as well as their families and loved ones, who can also be impacted. Listed alphabetically are a selection of some of the resources and support organisations available across Australia.
1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic assault and family violence counselling service, offering a helpline, information and support 24/7. Users can call the telephone counselling line, or connect with a counsellor online. The site also provides information about finding local support and safety planning.
About Date Rape
Established by the NSW Attorney-General's Department Crime Prevention Division, About Date Rape provides information and resources about date rape to girls who may have been assaulted, their friends and family. This site includes information about date rape, finding help, a guide to what’s okay and consensual and what’s not, real stories, educational resources, and more.
Adults Surviving Child Abuse
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) is a national organisation that advocates, builds and delivers supports to facilitate recovery with and for people, families and communities, affected by childhood trauma. Visit the website for information about their services, including a professional support line, education and training workshops, self-help resources and more.
Bravehearts focuses on the education, empowerment and protection of Australian children by providing healing and support, engendering child sexual assault prevention and protection strategies; advocating for understanding and promoting increased education and research. Their website offers information about counselling, crisis and advocacy, court support, tips for parents, training and workshops, and much more.
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre is a non-government organisation working to eliminate sexual violence against women, young people, children, and men. The website offers information and resources, and services include education and training, confidential counselling, crisis phone support, advocacy and information, referral to relevant agencies, support for family and friends and more.
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 - 25 or their family can chat online, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
NSW Rape Crisis Centre
NSW Rape Crisis Centre provides the 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in Australia who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, family or domestic violence and their non offending supporters. Counselling services for women who were sexually assaulted in childhood are also available from Women’s Health Centres across NSW.
Law Access, NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General, offers a wide range of information and resources for victims of sexual assault and their loved ones. Some of their resources include:
- Support for children
- Support for teenagers
- Support for male victims
- Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- Support for family and friends of victims of sexual assault
- Information about reporting to the police
- Information about the court process
- Information about safety and protection after an assault
Queensland Government Department of Health
Queensland Government Department of Health offers a wide selection of resources for victims of sexual assault and their loved ones, including:
- Self care following a sexual assault
- Sexual assault and Queensland Law – what is sexual assault?
- Sexual health following a sexual assault
- Supporting someone you care about
- Reporting on sexual assault
ReachOut.com is an online resource dealing with an array of youth issues, and offers a range of resources on sexual assault and sexual health, including:
- What is sexual assault?
- Sexual assault support
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual consent
- Surviving abuse
- What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted or abused
- Domestic violence support
Sexual Assault Resource Centre
Provided by the Government of Western Australia Department of Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) offers information about their emergency and counselling services for recent and past victims and youth.
Victim Support Service
Victim Support Service (VSS) provides free and confidential help to adult victims of crime, witnesses, their family, and friends across South Australia. The website offers a range of resources, as well as telephone support.
If you are in immediate danger of sexual assault or feel threatened or unsafe, please call emergency services on 000.