South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Rape”

Breaking the last taboo: sexual abuse by female perpetrators

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

This article examines the controversies surrounding the issue of female sexual abuse and the struggles which we have in confronting this abuse. An explanation of sexual abuse by women within feminist understanding is proposed.

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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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Feelings after sexual assault

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Each individual victim of sexual assault has their own personal and private experience. The way they respond to the assault is determined by a multitude of factors. However, just as there are common patterns of sexual assault, there are common responses to sexual assault.

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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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Has your drink been spiked

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

This pamphlet has been developed by the CASAs and Victoria Police to provide information about the options for help and support available to anyone who believes she/he may have been the victim of a sexual assault as a result of drink spiking.

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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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How long will my recovery take?

For Male Survivors

A former SECASA counsellor, talks about how and why we start our journey of recovery. If you choose to see a counsellor, it does not mean having to tell them all the nitty gritty details of what happened.

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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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Information for customers of SOPV's

For Male Survivors

A Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) provides support, advice and counselling for victims of sexual assault, their friends, partners, parents and anyone else who has been touched by the issue of sexual assault and feels that they need support.

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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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Information for sex workers

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

"The Power book" is for sex workers. It's about sexual assault in the context of sex work in Victoria. This booklet encourages you to take action. The action may be as small as passing this booklet on to another sex worker or as large as standing up as a witness...

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Information for teenage boys

For Male Survivors, Young People

This information is designed to help teenage boys discuss their feelings and fears about having been sexually assaulted. It covers 'why me?', facts on rape and feelings boys might have.

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Information for victims of rape

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

This article is designed to give those of you who have been or currently are the victims of sexual assault (together with the friends, family and perhaps school counsellors who are supporting you) information which should be of use to you.

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Interactive online peer support and counselling options

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

A resource sheet with links to online support options in Australia and overseas.

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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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Men and rape

For Male Survivors, Students

This section is written for men. Most other material is female focused because most victims of rape are women, but rape can and does happen to men too.

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Myths about male rape

For Male Survivors, Young People

There are many commonly accepted myths about male rape. These myths minimise the seriousness of the crime and the responsibility of the perpetrator. These myths also affect the way men feel about themselves when they have been assaulted and the way men are treated by other people.

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Options for men regarding reporting to police

For Male Survivors

A SECASA worker talks about the options available to victims of sexual assault

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