Finding help & support if you have been sexually assaulted

Emergency & crisis support

Call triple zero (000) in an emergency or life threatening situation. 

Reporting the incident to police is your choice, your safety is priority.

For medical and crisis counselling support: 

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)

CRCC provides free and confidential crisis and ongoing counselling, support, advocacy and information about medical and legal options. Support for men, women and children who experience sexual assault.
6247 2525
Opening hours: 7am-11pm 
After hours call: Call 131 444 if you require police assistance, but there is no immediate danger. Or call FAMSAC 6244 2222 who will contact CRCC.

Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)

Based at Canberra Hospital FAMSAC provides forensic and medical sexual assault care to people who have experienced sexual assault.
6247 2184  9am-5pm 
6244 2222 after hours


National sexual assault, domestic and family violence telephone counselling service.
1800 737 732

Sexual assault is a misuse of power & takes away your right to choose. It is not your fault.

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour that you have not agreed to. It can take many forms, ranging from unwanted touching, exposure to sexual acts, sexual images taken without consent and any form of sexual penetration.

Survivors and research tell us that sexual assault:

  • Is a crime
  • Is an abuse of power
  • Can cause physical and psychological injury
  • Is often committed by an acquaintance, friend, partner or family member, and less frequently by a stranger
  • Is common with nearly  1 in 5 (19 per cent) women and 1 in 20 (4.5 per cent) men in Australia experiencing sexual assault since the age of 15 (ABS Personal Safety Survey 2012)

Every survivor's experience is different; you might be clear about your experience or struggling to name what happened to you. It can help to get support for your physical, emotional and legal needs. After a sexual assault it is important for healing purposes to have options and make decisions within your own choice and capacity. 

You have a right to:

  • Be treated with respect, dignity and understanding
  • Be safe at ANU
  • Information, responses, and services that empower you to make your own decisions and choices
  • Make your own decisions about medical, legal and counselling support
  • Decide who to tell
  • Have support people with you
  • Be supported by ANU


Consent to sexual acts is freely given. You are unable to consent if you are:

  • Asleep, unconscious or significantly affected by drugs or alcohol
  • Unable to understand what you are consenting to
  • Are pressured or coerced to have sex because of threats, force, fear, or harm to yourself or someone else
  • Under the age of consent

It is not consent when:

  • You change your mind
  • Say No to particular types of sex
  • Feel pressured or coerced into saying yes
  • You are a child

Family & friends

Many survivors find help and support through family and friends. This support can be practical and immediate eg. asking someone to support you to access immediate help. Or it might be about ongoing support such as helping re-establish a sense of emotional and physical safety.

It can be hard to decide who and when you want to tell. The following questions might help when thinking about whom to tell.

Ask yourself would this person:

  • Respect my privacy?
  • Listen and not blame?
  • Let me decide what to do?

Usually people who care about you want to be supportive but sometimes they can respond in unhelpful ways. If this happens to you, or if it is hard to work out who to talk with and what to say, you could talk it over with one of the support services listed on this page.


There are a number of services and people who can support you along the path to recovery from sexual assault.

The kind of supports you want and need are individual and often change over time. You may find that support from family and friends is all you want or you might want support from outside of your usual networks. You are usually the best person to work out the support you want.

If you are not sure, you can talk to someone from one of the free and confidential services listed on this page. Helpful links are listed down the right side of this page and below there are a list of options for on-campus support.

ANU support

ANU Security

ANU Security maintains a 24 hour patrol, responding to emergency situations and providing First Aid.
6125 2249
Opening hours: Respond to emergency situations 24 hours/day

ANU Health Centre 

Confidential Medical support, information and referral.
6125 3598 Front Desk
6125 9695 Nurse between 2-4pm weekdays. 
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday; 9am-4pm Friday. Closed 12.30-1.25pm & Public holidays.

ANU Counselling Centre

Confidential Counselling, support, information and referral.
6125 2442  
Opening hours: 9am-4.45pm Monday to Friday. Closed 1- 2pm and public holidays

Heads of Residential Halls & Colleges

For students who live on campus. Contact the Head of your residence, hall or college for academic and personal support, referral and information.

Dean of Students

Provides confidential, impartial advice and assistance. Advice on formal grievance resolution procedures
6125 4184
Opening hours: Appointments available 10am-12 noon and 1.30-3.30pm


Receive free and confidential information, advice and advocacy from one of our lawyers
ANUSA 6125 2444
PARSA 6125 4187
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

Support for ANU staff

Employee Assistance Program

Adviser to Staff

Counselling, support, information and referral.
6125 3616
Messages can also be left at 6125 2442
Opening hours: 9am-4.45pm, Monday to Thursday

External Providers


1800 808 374

Relationships Australia

6122 7100

Work Environment Group

6125 2193

Employee Relations Group

6125 0086