Sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual harassment
We want all members of the UTS community to be safe from sexual assault and harassment.
If you or someone you know has been affected, please seek professional support from a UTS or community service. You can also report sexual assault to the Police. This page offers further information about support and reporting procedures.
If you require immediate help, call 000 or UTS Security on 1800 249 559.
If you are a UTS student or staff member experiencing sexual assault or are concerned about someone in our UTS community, please contact the UTS Sexual Assault Support line on 1800 531 626. The UTS Sexual Assault Support Line is staffed by professionally trained, trauma-informed counsellors 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). UTS Security will respond to calls on this number out of office hours. As other options, UTS Staff can contact our EAP provider on 1300 307 912 and NSW Rape Crisis is the 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW—men and women—who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault. They can be reached on 1800 424 017. If you are in immediate danger or need urgent medical attention, please call emergency services on 000. UTS Security can also be contacted for support on campus by calling 1800 249 559 (24 hours).
If you have been sexually assaulted, there is help and support available.
How to respond if someone discloses an allegation of sexual assault to you.
All incidents of sexual assault can be reported to UTS and/or the Police.
Legal definitions of sexual assault and consent.
0:03 [VARIOUS VOICES - Musical chord]
0:29 YOUNG WOMAN #1: He’s my academic supervisor, so
0:36 what can I do? He’s really popular. Who am I? Nobody. When I’m with other people
0:44 his behaviour is completely different. But when we’re alone …
0:48 YOUNG MAN #1: Look, I’m not even out to my closest friends or my parents. I thought
0:55 I’d try and keep things quiet for a bit and work things out in my head. But there’s
0:59 this guy in some of my lectures … he just goes on and on about it. I asked him to quit,
1:04 but that made it worse. Every time I see him with his mates they’re all mouthing the
1:09 word … faggot. (PAUSE) I’m over it.
1:11 YOUNG MAN #2 (OFF-LENS): When I first met her I thought ‘Cool, something might happen’,
1:16 but it came to nothing. Then she started messaging me. Then she started emailing me photos of
1:24 herself. And she calls me up in the middle of the night, then hangs up.
1:26 YOUNG WOMAN #2 (OFF-LENS): I couldn’t believe it. I was just joking with her. It was meant
1:31 to be funny. Okay? Other people laughed, why not her? Now she’s complained! (PAUSE) It
1:38 was a joke. She should just... get a life!
1:43 YOUNG MAN #3 (OFF-LENS) (DOWNCAST) It was at a party after an exam.
1:46 I was pretty smashed. I’m not proud of what I did. (PAUSE) It’s not who I am. But now
1:54 I’m going to court. It’s going to affect the rest of my life.
2:01 It can be sexual;
2:04 It could be bullying…
2:05 It could be sexist, racist, homophobic, or about religion
2:09 It’s always unwanted; It’s always abusive …
2:13 It’s always arrogant; It’s always unlawful…
2:15 And it’s not tolerated at UTS, by anyone, anywhere, anytime
2:20 If it happens to you, report it.
2:23 If you’re doing it, stop.
2:25 Think about it.
2:27 Change your mind-set.
2:29 Do yourself a favour.
2:37 Harassment can be intimidating and difficult to deal with. But you can do something about
2:42 it. If you need assistance, contact the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit. There are people
2:47 there to help you.
2:52 [Music reaches a crescendo and fades.]