Support is here
Sexual harm exists in our community - even if you haven't experienced it yourself.
Tell us below how you'd commit to being the change you'd want to see in the world.
Be the change - Commitment form
Choose one statement that reflects your values, that you can commit to, or feel free to come up with your own statement!
- I commit to setting an example of respectful behaviour
- I commit to listening
- I commit to always believing you
- I commit to calling out sexist jokes
- I commit to asking you if you're ok
- I commit to being open minded
- I commit to including you
- I commit to showing I don’t think it’s ok
- I commit to not laughing along
- I commit to supporting you if you speak out
- I commit to acknowledging what’s happened
- I commit to speaking out against disrespectful behaviour
- I commit to focussing on the behaviour, not the person
- I commit to taking criticism on board
- I commit to learning from you
- I commit to never blaming the victim
- I commit to treating women and men equally
- I commit to completing the staff e-module on responding to disclosures
These statements were taken from Our Watch, an organisation for preventing violence against women and children. Read more about what you can do to prevent violence.
Support is always available
It doesn't matter when or where it happened. Support for sexual harm is always available.
What is sexual harm?
Sexual harm describes any sexual behaviour that a person has not freely consented to - both sexual harassment and sexual assault. Definitions of sexual harassment and sexual assault can vary between contexts.
Sexual harassment refers to any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour that makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be used to describe many unwanted sexual behaviours such as sexual comments, sending or displaying sexually explicit images or content.
Sexual assault is generally used to distinguish unacceptable, unwanted sexual behaviours which involve physical touch of a sexual nature. This includes rape and unwanted touching of any parts of the body generally associated with sexualised behaviour (e.g. breasts, genitals, buttocks, mouth).
Support at RMIT
RMIT Safer Community is here to support students who have experienced sexual harm. It doesnt matter where it happened or who was involved, we understand that sexual harm can have huge impact on your wellbeing and your studies.
We can talk to you about your rights and options - including where and how you can report what has happened if you want to make a report. You are entitled to choose the path that is best for you. Sometimes we will need to take steps to protect the safety of our community - we will always discuss this with you first.
We can provide specialist support, help you with safety planning, connect you with practical support services. We can help to connect you with university support services including special consideration, counselling, housing support, financial, timetabling or other academic assistance.
Phone: 03 9925 2396
We are not an emergency service. If the situation is an emergency, call the Police or an ambulance on 000.
If you are on campus, alert Campus Safety and Security on 03 9925 3333.