Support is here
Sexual harm exists in our community - even if you haven't experienced it yourself.
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.