Safer Community provides support and advice to students and staff concerned about threatening or inappropriate behaviour.
At RMIT, we are committed to providing a respectful and safe place to study and work.
If you are feeling unsafe or unsure what to do about threatening or unwanted behaviour, you can talk to us about your concerns and options – even if the behaviour happened off campus.
If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted or threatening behaviour – including sexual harassment or assault – we can help.
When you contact Safer Community, we will:
- try to understand what’s important to you
- explain and explore options - you decide which is most appropriate
- always consider your well-being
- discuss with you if we need to take steps to ensure the safety of our community
Concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour
We want everyone who works and studies at RMIT to feel safe, comfortable and respected.
If you have experienced threatening or concerning behaviour or you are worried about someone else we want to help.
Learn more about threatening or inappropriate behaviour and which support options are available.
We all have a role to play in creating a safe and respectful culture at RMIT and in our other communities. If you witness concerning or harmful behaviour, it’s important to call it out. This is known as being an active bystander.
It’s normal to feel nervous about stepping in, but it’s a powerful sign of support to the target of the behaviour, and it can also make the other person reflect on their actions.
Learn simple, effective and safe ways to call out disrespect.
Respect at RMIT
RMIT is partnering with Universities Australia to ensure students and staff are safe from sexual harm.
In 2017, RMIT joined the Respect.Now.Always campaign initiated by Universities Australia. The campaign aimed to understand the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment and assault at universities, to prevent it, and to assist those who have experiened sexual assault or harassment to seek the support they need. As a result of this campaign, RMIT committed to an internal 'Be the Change' campaign and a Changing the Course framework that outlined action over a three-year period (2017-2020).
While 'Be the Change' has finished, this important work continues and is outlined in a new 'Changing the Course' framework for action. Access our new two-year plan here.
How to support someone who discloses sexual harm to you
What do you do if someone tells you they have experienced sexual harm? While it might seem daunting, chances are the person reached out to you because they trust you. When someone has experienced sexual harm their choices have been taken away from them, so it is important for them to reclaim control of their decision making. You can encourage them to seek support and advise them of their support options, but respect them in their decisions.
It is important to respond to disclosures of sexual harm in a supportive, compassionate and non-blaming way so that you do not cause further distress to the person who discloses to you. Most importantly you must listen, believe and affirm. This may include helping them to find support.
RMIT’s Safer Community can provide advice and support to anyone who has experienced a sexual assault or sexual harassment. Safer Community can assist you in accessing support services internal and external to the University.
Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) can also provide advice and support including after-hours support.
- Business hours: 9635 3610
- After hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line: (SACL) 1800 806 292
Or you can access the national helpline for advice and support about sexual assault. They can connect you with appropriate services wherever you are.
- 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
For a full list of external service support please access the Sexual harassment and assault support page.
Complete the online module
RMIT has released a short online learning module called ‘How to support someone who discloses sexual harm to you’, to help give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to someone who has experienced sexual harm.
Safer Community checks emails and phone messages daily from Monday to Friday.
Please note that we are not an emergency service. If you or others feel at risk or consider the situation to be an emergency, call the Police or an ambulance on 000 if you are on campus, alert Campus Safety and Security on 03 9925 3333. Urgent support is also available.
Help someone else
As a friend, family or staff member you are an important source of support to members of the RMIT community. If you are concerned about an incident, or behaviour you have become aware of, contact us to talk through your concerns.