Sexual assault is when someone forces, threatens or tricks you into doing something sexual you don’t want to do.

It refers to a wide range of unwanted sexual behaviours, including:

  • forced, unwanted sex, sexual acts or touching
  • child sexual abuse: using power over a child or adolescent to involve them in sexual activity
  • indecent assault: touching, or threatening to touch, someone else’s body sexually without their consent.

What should you do if you’ve been sexually assaulted or abused? The best thing you can do is call someone for help.

  • If your life is in danger call 000 and ask for the police, or for an ambulance if you are injured.
  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a confidential 24-hour helpline for people who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Lifeline (13 11 14) will assist with mental health support.

Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere.

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