Whether you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault recently or in the past, seeking professional help is one of the most important things you can do.
You are not alone, we are here to help.
The SNSWLHD Sexual Assault Services are free and confidential services.
Our Sexual Assault Services provide information, counselling, court support, medical treatment and forensic examinations for anyone who has been sexually assaulted.
Specialist advice for Doctors following up with the provision of medical care to those that have experienced sexual assault is also available.
There is support available for those that have experienced sexual assault. To access, please attend the Emergency Department at local hospitals who can link you in with appropriate medical and counselling support.
Sexual Assault is a crime. It includes any action in which someone is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts.
Child sexual assault occurs when an adult or someone bigger than a child uses their power or authority over the child and takes advantage of the child's trust and respect to involve the child in sexual activity.
Sexual assault is an attack on a person's body, senses, emotions and whole of self. Its effects can be serious and long standing. They may include: shock; fear; shame; guilt; disbelief; isolation; nightmares; depression; anxiety; loss of trust; feeling damaged; eating problems; relationship difficulties and parenting concerns.
If you are under 16 years of age and have been sexually assaulted, reports need to be made to the Child Protection Helpline - 132 111. This report will be reviewed by the Joint Response Uniy and they will make the decision in regard to sending the report through to Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT) for investigation. JIRT will follow-up with the sexual assault service if a referral needs to be sent.
You do not need to have reported the sexual assault to the Police to receive support from a NSW Health Sexual Assault Service if you are over 16 years of age.