The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre has expertise in working with people who have made allegations of sexual assault. This includes providing crisis and ongoing counselling support, information about medical options, legal options, victim's compensation through to court preparation and court support. The student can use the Centre without reporting the allegations to the police. The services are free and confidential.
Ask the student if they want immediate assistance from the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and assist them to make contact on 6247 2525. Direct referral to the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre is possible between 7am-11pm seven days per week. After 11pm a counsellor can be contacted by contacting Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC) on 6244 2185 or the police (outlined later in this document).
If the student does not want immediate contact with the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, provide printed information and contact details of the service.
It is preferable that students are supported to access the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre as it is the specialist service within the ACT funded to support people who have experienced sexual violence. It provides support for male survivors through Service Assisting Male Survivors of
Sexual Assault (SAMSSA). The Nguru Program provides culturally appropriate counselling for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, who have experienced sexual assault, and their families.
The ANU Counselling Centre also provides counselling and referral for students who have experienced sexual assault. This can be complementary to counselling provided by Canberra Rape Crisis Centre or on its own if the student prefers to seek counselling on-campus. If a student attends the Counselling Centre the counsellor will:
- provide a safe, supportive environment for the student to discuss any concerns
- establish that the student is aware of their options for support
- provide information as required
- facilitate access to other services according to the student's decisions
- provide ongoing counselling if preferred by the student (within the guidelines of service).
The ANU Counselling Head of Centre (or delegate) is also available for consultation about allegations of sexual assault. Call 6125 2442 to access the ANU Counselling Centre. The Centre's opening hours are from 9am to 4.45pm weekdays, closed from 1pm to 2pm for lunch.
Communicate the importance of medical attention to the student and discuss if assistance is needed at this time.
Medical attention for sexual assault victims is vital for detecting and treating a range of medical concerns, including sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and both apparent and internal injuries. Ideally people who have alleged sexual assault should be seen as soon as possible to address these health concerns.
Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC) at Canberra Hospital provides forensic and medical sexual assault care to people who have been sexually assaulted. A forensic medical examination may be conducted up to 5 days after a sexual assault.
Emergency contraception is extremely efficacious if given within 48 hours of unprotected sex. It may be given up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.
Medical examination is offered to all FAMSAC clients in day time hours. In addition forensic examination can be conducted if the client presents within the appropriate time frame. Forensic specimens may be collected and stored at FAMSAC for a period of 2 weeks after their collection. This gives the client time to make a decision about whether to proceed with the legal pathway.
Ideally people who have alleged sexual assault should be seen as soon as possible after a sexual assault to address these health matters.
FAMSAC provides a 24 hour, 365 day a year on-call service. Access to the on-call doctor is through:
- Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) 7am-11pm 7 days per week on 6247 2525 or
- Canberra Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) available business hours on 6244 2184 or
- Canberra Hospital switch board available 24 hours on 6244 2222, or
- Australian Federal Police on 131 444.
If the student does not want assistance at this time, provide printed referral information from this ACT Health page.
The ANU Health Centre can facilitate access to medical care 6125 3598.
Police and Legal Support
The decision to proceed with making a complaint to the police is the decision of the student who has alleged the sexual assault.
The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (6247 2525) can provide information for students considering reporting the sexual assault. Some students prefer to go directly to the police as they are clear that they wish to make a report. If this is the case contact the Australian Federal Police on 131 444.
A report of misconduct can also be made by a student, or resident of a hall or lodge of the University, under the Discipline Rule 2015. However, where a report is made to the police any action under the Rule may be suspended, as the police are the appropriate body to deal with what would then be an allegation of criminal conduct.