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Sexual assault, indecent assault & sexual harassment

We want all members of the UTS community to be safe from sexual assault and harassment. Please speak with a professional if someone you know is a victim of these offences. There are suggestions and resources below and information about emergency support, reporting procedures and further support. 

Definitions

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 18 is exposed to sexual activities. Sexual assault is a crime and can happen to anyone in our community.

Indecent assault is unwanted touching of a person's body by another person. For example it can include kissing or inappropriate touching of a person's breasts, bottom or genitals.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment is not interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual.

Consent occurs when a person freely and voluntarily agrees to sexual intercourse. Sexual assault occurs when someone is unable to and/or does not give consent.

For more information about these definitions, please visit NSW Justice (opens an external site) and Austalian Human Rights Commission (opens an external site).

Emergency contact numbers 

In an emergency, call 000.

Campus security can be contacted 24 hours a day by dialling extension 6 from internal telephone lines. From your mobile, use free call number 1800 249 559.

Please find more information at UTS Emergency Contacts.

Report an incident

All incidents of the above behaviour can be reported. Options for reporting include:

  • Online report to UTS via the UTS Counselling Service
  • Campus Security
    There is 24 hour security on campus at UTS. In an emergency, dial 6 for Security or freecall 1800 249 559 from your mobile or attend one of the Security Offices in Building 1, Building 5, or Building 8. Security staff are also available to take incident reports pertaining to safety on campus and can discuss various ways to support students.
  • Counselling Services
    Students can make a report and/or access support in person with a UTS Counsellor during a Counselling appointment. Call (02) 9514 1177 or visit the Student Services Unit in Building 1, Level 6. Please note that any urgent reports pertaining to safety issues or emergencies should first be made to UTS Security staff. 
  • Health Services
    UTS students can see a doctor at the UTS Health Service to discuss making a report and to review any health issues. To make an appointment with a doctor, call (02) 9514 1177.

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Where to get support 

  • You can always contact our own Counselling or Medical Services for support.
  • Sexual Assault Services provide free information, counselling, court support, medical treatment and forensic examinations. They operate 24 hours a day in locations across NSW. Key services are listed below and for a full list, please visit NSW Health (opens an external site). 
    • Eastern and Central Sydney Sexual Assault Service: Call (02) 9515 9040 (After hours: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, call (02) 9515 6111)
    • Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service: Call (02) 9926 7580 (After hours: Royal North Shore Hospital, call (02) 9926 7111)
    • Southern Sydney Sexual Assault Service: Call (02) 9113 2494 After hours: St George Hospital, call (02) 9113 1111)
    • Westmead Sexual Assault Service: Call (02) 9845 7940 (After hours: Westmead Hospital, call (02) 9845 5555)

Further useful information and support can be found below: 

  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre (opens an external site): 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in Australia who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault. Call 1800 424 017. 
  • 1800Respect: National counselling helpline, information and support 24/7. Call 1800 737 732. 
  • Help for Victims of Sexual Assault (opens an external site): NSW government Victims Services 
  • Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (opens an external site):  A knowledge and information centre for reducing sexual violence
  • Reachout.com (opens an external site): What is sexual assault?
  • Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault (opens an external site): Works to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive and timely support and intervention to address their needs.

For Women

For Men

  • Mensline (opens an external site): A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns. Call 1300 78 99 78
  • Survivors and Mates Support Network (opens an external site): helps men coping with the effects of childhood sexual abuse with psychologist-led, facilitated peer-support groups based in Sydney.  
  • Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (opens an external site): Dedicated service for men who have experienced sexual assault in Australia.

Acknowledgement: This information was adapted with the permission of Swinburne University of Technology.