South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Rape”

Abuse of Older Women

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Workers

The following information is and excerpt from the a 2006 article by the Australian Institute of Family Studies entitled 'Elder Abuse' and the sexual assault of older women'. It has been reproduced with permission of the author.

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Date rape

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers

This information sheet is for people aged 16 and overIn Australia an estimated 16% of women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15 by someone they know compared to 5% of women who, since the age of 15, have experienced sexual violence by a stranger.

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Date/acquaintance rape

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

"Date rape" happens when someone you know forces or manipulates you into having sex with them when you haven't given consent. It can happen between partners, on dates, with friends, friends of friends or just acquaintances. Over 80% of offenders are known to the victim.

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Dental issues: Information for survivors of sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Workers, Young People

Sexual assault survivors are resistant to dental treatment for much of the same reasons that they have difficulty with health issues. Feelings of un-deservedness, low self-esteem and self-worth, poor parental modelling and instruction of good dental care, and denial of dental health care needs are the primary issues that underscore...

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For foster carers

For Family & Friends, Workers

What to do if your foster child discloses sexual abuse

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For friends

For Family & Friends, Students, Young People

Information for people whose friends have been sexually assaulted.

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For grandparents

For Family & Friends

As a Grandparent, there are many issues that must be faced when your child has sexually assaulted a grandchild.

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For parents

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It contains information on issues for non-offending parents.

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For partners of female survivors

For Family & Friends

This handbook is written as a guide for all husbands, lovers, or partners of women who were sexually abused as children.

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Getting back on track

For Family & Friends, Young People

It's important to understand that you may not be able to function at 100% capacity for a while following a major trauma like sexual assault. This fact sheets examines ways to take care of yourself.

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Going to court

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

In Victoria, all criminal cases against adults begin in the Magistrates’ Court. Most criminal cases against people aged over 10 and under 18 at the time of the offence are dealt with by the Children’s Court. The following pages contain information for victim/survivors about these courts.

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How family & friends can help

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

After a sexual assault, the victim needs to Get medical attention Know it wasn't their fault. Feel safe Take control of their life. Be believed. Things you can do to help Listen, don't judge - Try to simply understand their feelings.

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If you are sexually assaulted while overseas

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

Sexual assault can be traumatising and bewildering for the victim, particularly when travelling overseas. This leaflet attempts to assist the victim in dealing with the repercussions and explains how an Australian Consul can help.

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If your partner has recently been sexually assaulted

For Family & Friends, Young People

You most probably will want to do ‘the right thing’. This information sheet provides some guidance to help you support your partner in dealing with the impacts of sexual assault. You will also have your own feelings to cope with, but be aware that your reactions are important.

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Information for men on rape

For Family & Friends, Male Survivors

Talking about sexual assault is never easy. Whether you are a man or a woman, sexual assault is a trauma. The trauma of sexual assault involves losing control of your own body and possibly fearing death or injury.

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Making Rights Reality resources

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Teachers, Workers

Making Rights Reality is a program at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) that gives extra help to adults who have been sexually assaulted and who have an intellectual disability or Acquired Brain Injury, or use aids to communicate.

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Rape and victim blaming

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Teachers, Young People

Charlie Pickering takes on the issue of the victim-blaming, perpetrator-excusing attitudes to sexual violence.

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Rape myths

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

There are a number of commonly held myths about sexual assault. Unfortunately these are prevalent in all areas of society, from the victims/survivors themselves through to the police and the judiciary. It is important to explode these myths and set out the real facts.

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Rape: The crime we ask for

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Students

For too many years Australians have enjoyed the illusion that we inhabit one of the safest countries in the Western world. We're lucky, we tell tourists from the gang-ridden, sometimes riot-torn streets of London, New York and Los Angeles, we don't worry about walking the streets of our major cities at night.

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Relating to female rape survivors

For Family & Friends

It is normal for you to feel upset and confused. At a time when you may want most to help the woman you care about through this crisis, you will be dealing with a crisis of your own.

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