Where to get help
- Kids Help Line –https://kidshelpline.com.au/ – 1800 55 1800
- Headspace –https://headspace.org.au/ / Headspace Bondi Junction https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/bondi-junction/ Mental Health support for young people and GP/sexual health clinic- 9366 8800
- JewishCare Youth Services – Call 1300 133 660 (ask to speak to a Youth Caseworker)
- WAYS, Bondi – GP Service/Support for young people –https://ways.org.au/
- Twenty10 – Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW –https://www.twenty10.org.au/
A QUICK AND EFFECTIVE EXPLANATION ON CONSENT
The short video tea and consent has been a valuable resource for schools and counsellors and has received acclaim for succinctly explaining the issue – click here to view.
Sexual Assault is a crime of violence. It aims to humiliate and degrade the victim and can occur within marriage and relationships. It can be a frightening experience that may have long term effects. These effects occur regardless of a person’s age, gender, status, culture, ability or sexuality.
Each State and Territory in Australia has legislation about sexual harassment that Includes:
Verbal – comments about your body, catcalls as you walk past, spreading sexual rumours, making sexual remarks or accusations, dirty jokes or stories.
Physical – grabbing, rubbing, touching, or pinching in a sexual way
Visual – display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, obscene gestures, flashing
Online – sexual comments or rumours spread across cyberspace
Coercive – threats or offering rewards
“Sexting” is a term that the adult and media world often use. Young people often refer to sexting as: “sending nudes”, “dick picks”
Australian Federal Laws
It is illegal to use the internet or a mobile phone service to transmit, receive, store or possess child pornography.
Any person under the age of 18 involved in the following is child pornography:
*Appears engaged in a sexual activity or sexual pose
*With someone else (of any age) who is engaged in a sexual activity or sexual pose
*A dominant part of the picture displays a sex organ or female breasts for sexual purposes
It is a crime to have sexual intercourse without consent – sexual intercourse is not just having sex, it also includes putting a penis in someone’s mouth, or putting any body part or object in someone’s vagina or anus.
ACT OF INDECENCY
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.
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT
Victim is under 16 years; Victim is under the offender’s authority; Victim has a serious physical or intellectual disability; Offender inflicts bodily harm
EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGNS THAT SPEAK UP FOR VICTIMS
#letherspeak – click here
#teachusconsent – click here