• Ensure your current physical safety.

  • If possible, find someone who you know and trust to support you through this difficult time. Your support people need to let you be in control of all decisions relating to the sexual assault.
    Being sexually assaulted can cause people to feel powerless and it is essential that you are able to make the decisions that are right for you at this time.

  • Consider contacting your nearest sexual assault service or telephone a sexual assault crisis line to discuss what happened and get information about relevant options, through the health, police and legal systems.

  • Obtain medical assistance. You may have injuries resulting from the sexual assault. It is also important to consider issues such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
    Doctors can offer testing, treatment and assistance with emergency contraception.

  • Decide whether you wish to report the assault to the police.
    If it is a recent rape or sexual assault and you are considering reporting, it is best for forensic evidence if medical samples are taken within 72 hours. Although this is difficult to do after a sexual assault, the evidence is most effectively collected if the person goes straight to hospital without bathing and does not wash or throw out anything that could be potentially used as evidence.

  • Consider counselling with a supportive and experienced counsellor. This should allow you a safe, private place to talk with someone who believes you and who will listen.
    Sometimes people try a few counsellors before they find someone with whom they feel comfortable.

  • Express your feelings in a journal, through artwork or any other way that feels safe.

  • Try to avoid unwanted sexual relationships or sexual behaviour with which you feel uncomfortable, as this may cause you to feel re-traumatised.

  • Use a telephone counselling or support service if you need someone to talk to, especially at times of crisis.

The Centre Against Sexual Violence offers free confidential information, support and/or counselling for women aged 12 years and over who have experienced child, past or recent sexual assault. Family, friends and others supporting a survivor can also access services at the Centre Against Sexual Violence.

CASV welcomes all individuals who identify as being from non-English speaking backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

Statewide Sexual Assault Help Line

1800 010 120