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Sexual misconduct

Supporting someone

Responding to an incident

in an emergency:

Dial Triple Zero (000)

Dial Triple Zero (000) for emergency services (fire/ambulance/police). Calling the police is the quickest way to get help in an emergency. To speak to NSW Police about an incident of sexual assault or any other kind of sexual misconduct, dial triple zero (000) or contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.


Call Campus Security on 9351 3333

Notify Campus Security on 9351 3333. Campus Security are available 24 hours a day to assist with an emergency or safety threat. 

When someone you know has experienced sexual assault

If someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, including sexual assault or sexual harassment, they may express a range of emotional and physical symptoms. The NSW Rape Crisis website provides information on common impacts of sexual assault.

Responding to and supporting someone who has experienced sexual misconduct can be challenging, but chances are they have come to you because they trust you. They are the one who should determine what steps and supports are best for them, including if they want to report the incident to the University and/or the police. You can help them access the support services and resources they need.

You can provide support by:

  • listening without interrupting
  • letting them express how they feel and respecting the words they use in reference to the incident
  • letting them know you believe what they are telling you and acknowledging their distress
  • letting them know that the incident was not their fault
  • respecting their decisions
  • directing them to support services that are available.

Support for you

Supporting someone who has experienced sexual misconduct can be overwhelming and may have a significant impact on you as first responder. It’s important to also take steps to look after yourself and get the support you need. You can call the National Sexual assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, which is a 24-hour phone line for support and advice. You can also contact NSW Sexual Violence Helpline or arrange an appointment with our Student Counselling Service. For after hours support you can also call the University of Sydney Mental Wellbeing Support Line on 1300 474 065 (accessible within Australia) or text 0488 884 429 (for sms chat option). It is available 5pm to 9am from Monday to Friday, 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday, and during University close-down periods and on public holidays.

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