Rape & sexual assult

The term “sexual assault” refers to a broad range of unwanted sexual behaviours such as

  • Sexual comments or suggestions
  • Touching someone in a sexual way
  • Digital (finger) penetration
  • Masturbation of either the victim or the accused
  • Oral (mouth) sexual contact / penetration of either the victim or the accused
  • Anal sexual penetration of either the victim or the accused
  • Vaginal penetration of either the victim or the accused

There are a broad range of charges associated with Sexual Assaults. The most common charges are;

  • Rape and Attempted Rape
  • Unlawful Sexual Intercourse (sexual intercourse with a child)
  • Persistent Sexual Exploitation of a Child
  • Indecent Assault
  • Production and/or Possession of Child Exploitation Material (pornography)
  • Acts of Gross Indecency
  • Procuring a child to commit an indecent act (online grooming offences)

For victims of sexual assault giving evidence can be a very difficult process due to the intimate nature of the evidence, the formality of the courts, the close proximity to the accused and the trauma resulting from the offences.
There are provisions available for vulnerable victims and witnesses intended to make giving evidence in court more comfortable. These provisions can include giving evidence from a separate room via Closed Circuit Television and having a support person. Please refer to the topic Vulnerable Witness Provisions for more information on the provisions available and the process for applying.

It is helpful to have Counselling and Support in place throughout the legal process, in particular before, during and after giving evidence at Trial. The legal process and giving evidence can be stressful. Good support assists victims to increase their wellbeing and cope better with the process. Please refer to the phone numbers provided below.

Yarrow Place: Rape and Sexual Assault Service: 8226 8777

http://www.yarrowplace.sa.gov.au/

 

Uniting Communities: Therapeutic Youth Services 8202 5060.

Counselling for 12 to 25 year olds who been sexually assaulted

 

Uniting Communities: Childhood Sexual Abuse Counselling 8202 5190.

Counselling for victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, all ages, and significant others

 

Headspace: National Youth Mental Health Foundation
http://www.headspace.org.au/

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelpline.com.au

For more phone numbers for counselling services please refer to our page on Referral and Support Services