Services - Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence

WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?
IT IS A CRIME

The term “sexual assault” covers a broad range of unwanted sexual behavior, including rape, which is forced on you against your will.
Sexual assault is not about passion or sexual desire. It is about the use of power or force to scare another person and enable the attacker to take control of them, their body, senses and emotion and use them in a sexual way. It is this use of power, to violate, humiliate or hurt another person which gratifies the attacker.

WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT ?
IT IS A CRIME

When an adult or someone older, involves a child in sexual activity by taking advantage of the child’s trust or by using power or authority over them. Sexual abuse can range from verbal, visual &/or psychological; to tactile - including touching to oral, anal or vaginal intercourse.
Children are more often abused by relatives or people known to their families. They maybe family friends, neighbours or babysitters. About one-third of abusers are related to the child.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone and those who have experienced sexual assault often find it hard to talk about it because they may feel scared.

FACTS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT

Rape can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Anyone can be the victim of sexual assault, regardless of age, class, race, disability or sexual orientation.
Rape often occurs at home. Very often the offender is a relative, friend, acquaintance or neighbour. Most rapes are carefully planned, and situations are engineered so that the rape can take place. A rapist is capable of raping again and again.
Being sexually assaulted has nothing to do with your current or future sexual orientation. Your sexuality has no more to do with being raped than being robbed.
Rape is an act of power. It is a violent assault that is acted out in part, sexually. Through psychological, verbal and physical abuse, it violates not only the victim’s personal integrity but also her sense of safety and control over her life.
Perpetrators of sexual assault do not have uncontrollable sexual urges. No sexual urge gives anyone the right to rape.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15 years.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are abused before the age of 18.
93 percent of offenders are male.
(Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012)

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