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Sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct help and support

Sexual misconduct is never the fault of the person who experienced it. If you have experienced sexual assault or any other kind of sexual misconduct, there are services available to support you (pdf, 52KB).

All support services provided by the University are LGBTIQ inclusive. You can also access LGBTIQ specific services included in the list below. If you would like find out more about the LGBTIQ support and advocacy on campus, read about our Pride Network.

Safer Communities Office

Safer Communities Office staff are specialist staff members experienced in providing an immediate response to people that have experienced sexual misconduct. They can provide information about the services available and assist you to access the support you need.

You can contact them on +61 2 8627 6808 during 8.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday or email them at safer-communities.officer@sydney.edu.au.

Medical support

If you have serious injuries, call 000 and request an ambulance.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you may need to access medical care. A doctor can test and treat you for any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and provide information on sexual assault and follow-up services.

Find your closest sexual health service on the NSW Government’s Health website or contact the University Health Service.

You also have the choice of having a forensic examination if you were assaulted very recently and are thinking of reporting the crime to the police. You can have this done “just in case” and you do not need to decide at the time whether or not you want to report to the police.

If you’d like information about accessing a forensic medical examination, contact Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sexual Assault Service or your local sexual assault service.

You can also talk to someone about your options by contacting NSW Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 424 017 or the national sexual assault, domestic family violence hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). Both are available 24/7.

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sexual Assault Service (24-hour service)

Counselling and medical services are available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Campus Security can arrange transport to RPA.

Ground Floor, KGV Building Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Missenden Rd, Camperdown
+61 2 9515 9040 (Monday to Friday)
+61 2 9515 6111 (after hours)

University Health Service
Medical services (not including forensic exams) are available in a caring, safe, and confidential space. Contact the health service on +61 2 9351 3484 (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

Counselling

The RPA Sexual assault counselling service is a confidential outreach clinic located on the University’s Camperdown/Darlington campus. It is available to all students who have experienced sexual assault.

Run as a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and the Safer Communities Office, appointments with a specialist counsellor are available every Monday and alternate Thursdays during semester or fortnightly outside of semester. Contact the Safer Communities Office to make an appointment.

There are also a number of counselling and support services available outside of the University that you can access.

Find a safe place

On-campus emergency housing is available if you need a safe space to stay. Contact the Safer Communities Office and they can outline your options and help you access this.

Outside business hours contact Campus Security on +61 2 9351 3333 to access emergency accommodation.

You can also access help with emergency accommodation through your students representative group.

Student organisation casework and support services

Independent student organisations at the University also provide additional forms of assistance for students, including support groups, advocacy and safe spaces.

Student Representative Council (SRC)
If you’re an undergraduate student, you can make a free appointment with an SRC Caseworker. Caseworkers can provide confidential assistance and support with student welfare issues. The SRC also employs solicitors that can assist undergraduate students with legal matters free of charge, including advice and representation. Call +61 2 9660 5222 during 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment.

The SRC also has a number of support groups that represent student interests and can provide you with additional support and resources. Find out more on the SRC website.

Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA)
If you are a postgraduate student you can access free, confidential and independent advice from the Student Advice and Advocacy Service (SAAO). Call +61 2 9351 3715 during 9am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Monday to Friday or email help@supra.usyd.edu.au to make an appointment.

SUPRA also runs a number of equity networks that can provide additional support and representation while you’re at University. Find out more on the SUPRA website.

University of Sydney Union (USU)
The USU provides autonomous safe spaces on the Camperdown/ Darlington campus.

Community support

NSW Rape Crisis Centre
24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, and their non-offending supporters.
1800 424 017
www.rape-dvservices.org.au

NSW Health sexual assault services - counselling and medical assistance

1800 RESPECT
24/7 national sexual assault, domestic violence telephone and online counselling service.
1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au

Lifeline
24/7 national telephone and online counselling service who can also provide crisis support and suicide prevention.
13 11 14
www.lifeline.org.au

NSW Family and Community Services Link2Home crisis line
24/7 telephone service providing information and referral to specialist homelessness services, temporary accommodation and other appropriate services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
1800 152 152
www.facs.nsw.gov.au/housing

NSW Domestic Violence Line
24/7 telephone service providing counselling and referrals to women experiencing domestic and family violence 
1800 656 463
https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/domestic-violence/helpline

Twenty10
A NSW state-wide organisation providing a range of support services for people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities.
+61 2 8594 9555
www.twenty10.org.au

QLife
A telephone and online counselling and referral service for people who are LGBTI.
1800 184 527 (3pm to 12am, 7 days a week)
qlife.org.au

Reachout.com
Online mental health organisation providing information and resources.
reachout.com

Safer Communities Office

Address
  • Jane Foss Russell Building G02
Opening hours
8.30am to 5.30pm
Monday to Friday
Last updated: 16 October 2020

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