Prevention and prosecution
Sexual abuse or sexual assault of any person is a criminal activity, and the law allows for significant penalties for those found guilty of these offences. Reporting these offences, however, can be extremely difficult for someone who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. For some, the legal system seems daunting and the prosecution process prolonged. Further, it is not uncommon for people to feel afraid of disbelief or retaliation if they speak up about the offence.
These pages have been created to assist people to consider their options with an understanding of the legal processes involved.
There are also things you can do to help prevent others being abused or assaulted that do not involve laying charges against the person who perpetrated the abuse.
A guide for victims of crime: A PDF booklet to download
Inappropriate sexualised behaviours: Download the fact sheet