Sexual assault is any kind of sexual activity that occurs without your consent.
Sexual harassment is any form of unwelcome sexual behaviour that's offensive, humiliating or intimidating.
Sexual assault and harassment are against the law.
If you have been sexually assaulted or sexually harassed reach out for support. It may take courage but you will find care and support to help you through this.
Confidential 24-hour help is available.
If you are in immediate danger, call police on 000 (triple zero) or security (SafeUniSC) immediately.
Local police can help and provide advice on what to do if you have just been sexually assaulted.
Confidential support on campus
UniSC has dedicated officers who are trained to listen and provide confidential support if you feel you may have been impacted by sexual assault or harassment.
There are many organisations in our community who are ready to help.
If you choose to report concerns to the Police, UniSC can support you through the process.
This may include making arrangements to meet police on campus or requesting a female officer or an interpreter.
You can make a report about a recent incident, or something that happened some time ago – there are no time limitations on reporting your concerns.
When you first talk to Police about your concerns it does not mean that you are making a complaint that will be investigated.
It is your choice if you would like this to happen or not.
Consent is when you say “yes”
It is an enthusiastic, voluntary and intentional “YES”.
Consent is all about communication. It is when you and your partner both freely agree to engage in any sexual activity.
The best way to know if you have the consent of the other person is to ASK them and check in with them throughout the activity to make sure they are okay and still providing you consent.
You can change your mind or withdraw consent at any time.
Lack of informed consent
You cannot provide consent if you are not considered to have capacity to provide consent.
Someone is unable to provide consent if:
- They are influenced by drugs or alcohol
- They are too fearful to say no
- They are being threatened or coerced
- They are being tricked or deceived
- They are being forced physically
- There is a power imbalance and
- They are impacted by a health or medical condition which does not allow them to understand the sexual behaviour exhibited towards them
- They are asleep or unconscious
Sexual assault occurs if you have been tricked, coerced, or forced into any kind of sexual activity that you did not want or without your consent.
Sexual assault includes:
- Inappropriate touching without consent
- Forcing someone to perform a sexual act
- Forcing someone to see a sexual act including the use of electronic media
- Sexual behaviour to which a person has not agreed
Sexual assault can be carried out by anyone. It does not matter if you are in a relationship with the person, whether they are a friend, family member, previous sexual partner or a stranger.
If you believe you have experienced sexual assault you may feel confused or overwhelmed – this is really normal, and we are here to support you.
Sexual harassment is any unsolicited, unwelcome and unreciprocated behaviour, act or conduct of a sexual nature that embarrasses, humiliates or offends other persons. It can be a single incident or a persistent pattern and can range from subtle behaviour to explicit demands for sexual activity or even criminal assault.
Some examples of sexual harassment include:
- inappropriate jokes or comments with sexual connotations,
- the display of offensive material,
- stares and leers or offensive hand or body gestures,
- comments and questions about another person's sexual conduct and/or private relationships,
- persistent unwelcome invitations,
- requests for sexual favours,
- offensive written, telephone or electronic mail or other computer system communications,
- unnecessary close physical proximity including persistently following a person,
- unwelcome physical contact such as brushing against or touching a person,
- denigrating comments regarding a person's gender or sexual preference, or
- negative behaviours, for example, intimidation or exclusions related to the sex of the recipient.
If you have experienced any kind of harassment, you may have a lot of questions. Trusted help is available to help you decide what to do next.