Sexual violence is possibly the most under reported crime in Australia, yet the impact leads to serious and damaging psychological issues. Sexual violence crimes are linked to social and historical attitudes, conditions and behaviours in relation to grooming, power and control. These crimes are committed in different situations such as in the home, in public, by a relative, by an friend, by an acquaintance or by a stranger.
The majority of sexual violence goes unreported due to the victims’ feelings of fear, shame, misplaced self-blame and guilt because they could not avoid the assault. We encourage every person to reach out for support if they have experienced sexual violence. Some may wish to report to police, other people may choose to not report.
Forms of sexual violence can include:
- Inappropriate or unwelcome touching
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault
- Attempted rape
- Child sexual abuse
- Child molestation
- Incest (sexual contact between family members)
- Forcing someone to watch, touch or act in unwanted sexual activities
- Voyeurism (viewing private sexual acts or people undressing)
- Exhibitionism (exposing naked parts of the body to other people)
- Sexting (using modern technology ie computers, mobile phones to expose or distribute sexually-based material)
- Producing or viewing child pornography
We encourage you to contact us for information, options and support.