Assault is when someone uses force, makes physical contact knowing you do not want to be touched or threatens to use force and you do not consent.
Sexual assault can include:
Even if the other person is your family member, teacher, or someone else you know this will also be sexual assault.
Sexual assault is against the law and is a serious crime.
If someone has touched you or acted in a sexual way without your consent, this is also a serious crime and against the law. We strongly encourage you to speak to someone at the organisations listed below.
If you do not give consent to a sexual activity it is against the law. Consent means agreeing to do a sexual activity freely and voluntarily. You cannot consent to sex if you are under the age of 17. If you are under the age of 18, you cannot consent to any sexual activity with any person who is in a position of authority. This includes teachers, guardians, religious officials, doctors, youth workers or employers. There is no consent if:
If you are not certain about who the person is or what they want you to do but agree to the sexual activity to a sexual activity this is not consent. For example if you agree for your body to be inspected because you believe it is for a medical treatment but it is not, this does not mean you have consented to the sexual assault that has occurred.
For more information about consent, please see our page on sex.
If you are in immediate danger, we recommended you call 000.
If you have been sexually assaulted, you have the right to be protected and you should report it to the police.
We also recommend that if you have been sexually assaulted you get medical care. A doctor can test and treat you for any sexually transmitted infections, carry out a forensic examination (if you were assaulted very recently and you wish to report the crime to the police) and provide information on sexual assault and follow-up services.
You should not feel ashamed because you have been sexually assaulted. Sexual abuse is an abuse of power and a betrayal of trust and the abuser is 100% responsible for their behaviour. You should talk to someone you trust like a parent, a family member, a trusted friend or a school counsellor. Or call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 (this is a 24-hour service). They offer a very supportive service and they keep everything confidential. You can also email them at here or use their online chat service for people aged 5-25 here.
If you don’t feel comfortable telling someone you know there are a number of Sexual Assault Victims Services that can provide you with help. These include:
You can email them here, or alternatively visit one of their sites in Adelaide:
|6 Gillingham Rd, Elizabeth||8255 3477|
|50A Beach Rd, Christies Beach||8326 6053|
|Westwood Health Centre, Unit 1, 40-44 Trafford Street, Angle Park||8243 5637|
|Building 5, Parks Community Centre, Trafford Street, Angle Park||8243 5459|
You can also can contact us here for free and confidential legal advice.
You may be eligible to claim Victims of Crime Compensation if you are the immediate victim of a sexual crime which took place in South Australia.
To make a claim, you should report the crime to the police as soon as possible and provide as much information as you can to help the investigation. The Victims of Crime Act (SA) requires the offending act to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be achieved by guilt established by a court or in the absence of a known offender, some objective means of corroborating the victim’s evidence (e.g. CCTV footage or witnesses).
Whether or not you will be awarded Victims of Crime Compensation will depend on when the crime happened, how severe the injury was/is, whether you are found to have contributed to the crime or injury, whether you cooperated with the police investigation and the prosecution, whether you have taken reasonable steps to treat your injury and keep your loss to a minimum.
You have 3 years from the date of the crime to make a Victims of Crime Compensation claim.
A parent or guardian can apply for Victims of Crime Compensation on behalf of a child.
If you’re under 25 and you have a question about sexual assault that we haven’t answered here, please ask us a question here and we can give you some free information and advice.
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