SEXUAL ASSAULT OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

We are here to help you.
 
Academies Australasia Polytechnic (AAPoly) takes a zero-tolerance approach to sexual assault and sexual harassment and other forms of harmful misconduct and is committed to providing a safe environment for students and staff.

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 16 is exposed to sexual activities. Sexual assault is a crime and can happen to anyone in our community. It is never the responsibility or fault of the person who has been assaulted.

Indecent assault is unwanted touching of a person's body by another person. For example, it can include kissing or inappropriate touching of a person's breasts, bottom or genitals.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment is not interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual.



Consent occurs when a person(adult) freely and voluntarily agrees to sexual intercourse. Sexual assault occurs when someone is unable to and/or does not give consent.



FYI: What is Sexual Assault

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED HELP

AAPoly’s Student Counsellor:
  • Melbourne Campus: Level 7, Room 7.06 (Ph: +61 3 8610 4106)
  • Sydney Campus: Level 7, Room 7.04 (Ph: +61 2 9224 5500)


  • • If you wish to make a confidential report or disclosure or a formal complaint you may want to see AAPoly’s student counsellor. The Student Counsellor will:
    • attend to your physical, emotional, and social needs;
    • provide a safe space to explore and express thoughts and feelings;
    • provide information and referrals to the support services available; and,
    • provide information about rights and options available to you and help you exercise your rights upon request.


Emergency Help:
  • Police: 000

VICTORIA Specialist Support Services:
NSW Rape Crisis Counselling Service
Other Support Services:
  • ReachOut
    • ReachOut provides support to survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment and has compiled a list of state-based support services. This list can be accessed from the sexual assault support webpage.
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 Crisis support and suicide prevention, 24 hours a day
  • Beyondblue: 1300 224 636 Mental health support
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Translating Services and Services for People with Disabilities
  • Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): 13 14 50. Ask them to contact the phone number of the service to which you want to connect.
  • National Relay Service: 13 36 77. Relay officers convert voice to text or text to voice for callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech impairment via teletypewriter (TTY)/ Voice Calls. Ask them to contact the number of the service to which you want to connect.
  • Speak and Listen: 1300 555 727. Create a call profile identifying any special communications needs you have to ensure your calls go more smoothly.
All the above internal and external emergency and support services are free and confidential

SAFETY TIPS WITH TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF IMAGE BASED ABUSE
The following webpage from Domestic Violence Resource Centre offers some important advice for people who suspect they are being abused or stalked through technology devices or while using social media sites.

Technology Safety

The Australian Government also has a website that provides support and advice to victims of image-based abuse.

Image-Based Abuse

REPORTING AN INCIDENT
Please report an incident of Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment via the contact text box below. You can choose to report anonymously* or provide your student details (Student ID). If you provide your details we will contact you to ensure that you are safe, adequately supported and happy with how we are responding to your report.

Things you may want to include in your report include: What happened? Who was involved? Where/when did it happen? Any other relevant details.

*Please note that if you report anonymously we will not be able to provide you with any updates on our response to your report.





SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT ADVISORY BODY (SASH-AB)
AAPoly’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Advisory Body (SASH-AB) oversees the development and implementation of an action plan addressing the recommendations of Australian Human Rights Commission’s Change the Course National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, 2017. The “Change the Course” recommendations are designed to ensure that frameworks, policies and procedures, preventative actions and reporting processes are in place, operate effectively, and provide comprehensive and compassionate support to victims of harassment and/or abuse. The SASH-AB meets regularly and advises the CEO of recommended actions and progress with the Action Plan.

Members:
  • CEO (SASH-AB Chair)
  • Student Counselling Team Representative
  • Academic Dean Higher Education
  • Faculty Head – Vocational Educational and Training
  • Student Services Representative
  • Program Directors of BTHM and BBus (LM)
  • Frontline SASH advocate

SASH-AB Terms of Reference
AAPoly SASH Action Plan 2020
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Policy
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Procedure
Student Non-Academic Misconduct Policy
Student Non-Academic Misconduct Procedure