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Sexual violence

Further Information

respect logoThe University of Western Australia strongly supports the nationwide 'Respect. Now. Always.' campaign which highlights the determination of Australia's universities to ensure that our students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.  

More information can also be found on UWA's Respect. Now. Always. page.

For more information on external and on campus advice and support services please visit Student Safety.

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Sexual violence involves unwanted sexual acts or behaviours which a person did not consent to or was not able to consent to. Sexual violence can take many forms, including sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

If you think that you or a friend or colleague has experienced any form of sexual violence please talk to a professional and/or someone you can trust for support and information.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can be a violent, unexpected, traumatic and sometimes life threatening event or series of events. Sexual assault is an unwanted sexual act or behaviour which is threatening, violent, forced or coercive and to which a person has not given consent or was not able to give consent.  

Sexual Abuse 

Sexual abuse is when someone in a position of power or authority takes advantage of a person's trust and respect to involve them in sexual activity.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behaviour or contact of a sexual nature which offends, intimidates, embarrasses or humiliates a person. Sexual harassment is not about sexual attraction: it is about inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour.

Information and Fact Sheets

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) provides high-quality information and resources. The following links will direct you to the SARC website. Information sheets are available in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Swahili and English.

What is sexual assault and sexual abuse?

» What is sexual assault?
» What is sexual abuse?
» What is rape and what is date rape?
» What are the affects of sexual assault?
» Partners, family and friends
» Why does sexual assault and abuse happen?
» Common myths

Have you been Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused?

» What can I do if I have been sexually assaulted in the previous two weeks?
» What you can expect at SARC
» Have you been sexually assaulted or sexually abused in the past?
» What do I do if I want to report to police?

Fact Sheets

Respect. Now. Always.

The campaign - Respect. Now. Always - highlights the determination of Australia's universities to ensure that our students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment. Learn more about what UWA is doing or read more about the national campaign.

Support Services

If you want to learn more about the resources and support services that are available or if you need help please visit Student Safety. 

The University provides a range of Security services on campus, including around-the-clock security patrols, safety escorts and an operations centre that is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days a week to provide a safe environment for you.

Report an incident

You should consider reporting all incidence of sexual violence

Training and Education

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence online course

This is a free online course available through your Blackboard LMS. It will give you the knowledge to respond supportively to a disclosure and includes information on UWA and external support services. A certificate is available upon completion.

Reducing the Risk of Sexual Violence Workshop

Reducing the Risk of Sexual Violence is a 2 hour workshop developed by the UWA Health Promotion Unit and the Sexual Assault Resource Centre. This training aims to increase student understanding of what constitutes sexual violence, strategies to prevent sexual violence and the correct procedure for responding to an incident of sexual violence by a peer. This workshop is embedded in the Leadership Training Programs in the Student Guild and at the residential colleges.