Sex that happens without a person’s consent is sexual assault. This includes sexual acts where an object or body part is used to penetrate a person’s vagina, mouth or anus. Sexual assault is a crime in all states and territories. Sexual assault is never the fault of the person who has been assaulted.
Sexual assault impacts people differently. Having an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder, or being non-verbal, does not mean that person is less affected by sexual assault. All people who have experienced sexual assault should have access to help and support for their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
If your child has told you they have been assaulted, somebody else has reported that your child has been assaulted, or you notice injuries or behaviour changes in your child that concern you, it can be difficult to know what to do or where to go for help. Below is a list of services you can contact for support and advice.
National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for advice and local referral options.
Australian Capital Territory
Contact the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre or phone the crisis line on (02) 6247 2525 between 7 am and 11 pm, seven days a week.
New South Wales
Contact Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia or phone the NSW Rape Crisis line on 1800 424 017, 24 hours.
Contact an NT sexual assault referral centre or phone:
- (08) 8922 6472 (Darwin, 24 hours)
- (08) 8973 8524 (Katherine)
- (08) 8962 4361 (Tennant Creek)
- (08) 8955 4500 (Alice Springs, Monday-Friday, 8 am-4.20 pm)
- 0401 114 181 (Alice Springs, out of hours).
Contact Queensland sexual assault services or phone the Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120.
Contact Yarrow Place (Rape and Sexual Assault Service) or phone 1800 817 421 – toll free in South Australia, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
In southern Tasmania contact Sexual Assault Support Service or phone 1800 697 877 – 24 hours, 7 days a week.
In north and north-west Tasmania contact Laurel House – North and North-West Tasmania Sexual Assault Support Services:
- North: (03) 6334 2740 – 8.30 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
- North-west: (03) 6431 9711 – 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
- North and north-west after-hours crisis line: 1800 697 877.
Contact the Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault or phone the 24-hour crisis line on 1800 806 292.
Contact the WA Sexual Assault Resource Centre or phone:
- (08) 6458 1828 (24-hour emergency service)
- 1800 199 888 (freecall, 24-hour emergency service).