If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment
Help and support is always available at Notre Dame.
In an emergency, telephone 000.
If you need immediate assistance on campus, call Campus Security
- Fremantle: 0438 923 955 or the 24-hour security patrol call (08) 9433 0123 (extension 2123).
- Broadway: 0403 458 011 or dial the pre-programmed number on an office phone.
- Darlinghurst: 0406 318 213 or dial the pre-programmed number on an office phone.
- Broome: 0475 985 197
University Support Officers
Notre Dame has Support Officers on each campus to help and support students who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Our Support Officers have been specially trained and they will respond with compassion, understanding and respect. Support Officers will provide information and co-ordinated support for you, including information about internal and external assistance options and formal reporting mechanisms under the University’s misconduct and/or disciplinary processes.
Who should contact a Support Officer?
Any student or staff member who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment is encouraged to contact a Support Officer. This is part of Notre Dame’s commitment to supporting its students and staff, and so that the University can take steps towards eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment.
What will happen if I contact a Support Officer?
If you contact a Support Officer to discuss an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment, the Support Officer will offer to meet with you in person, and treat you with compassion, empathy, understanding and respect. The Support Officer will help to tailor a coordinated response that is appropriate to your circumstances.
Amongst other things, the Support Officer will provide you with information about how you can access supports within the University (including Counselling and/or Chaplaincy and Campus Ministry) and how to access external support options (such as police and health services). The Support Officer will also provide information about the University’s formal reporting mechanisms for sexual assault or sexual harassment, so that the incident can be formally investigated in accordance with the University’s misconduct and disciplinary processes.
How to contact a Support Officer
(08) 9433 0599
(08) 9433 0161
(08) 9433 0585
(02) 8204 4104
(02) 8204 4120
(08) 9192 0651
Notre Dame sexual assault and sexual harassment policies and procedures
External assistance is also available
- National: National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service – phone 1800 737 732
- Western Australia: Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) – phone 1800 199 888
- Broome: Kimberley Sexual Abuse Prevention and Support Service – phone (08) 9194 2400 – open during office hours
- Sydney: NSW Rape Crisis – phone 1800 424 017
Other external services
- Lifeline – Crisis Support. Suicide Prevention: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Counselling ONLINE - Free drug & alcohol counselling 24/7
- Reach Out
- Eheadspace: 1800 650 890
- Qlife 1800 184 527
- Fremantle Headspace: (08) 9335 6333
- Centrecare: (08) 9325 6644
- St Vincent de Paul Society: (08) 6323 7500
- Anglicare: (08) 9263 2000
- Relationships Australia: (08) 6164 0190
- St John of God Counselling Centre: (08) 6226 9444
- Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL): 1300 555 788
- Alcohol and Drug Support Line: (08) 9442 5000 / 1800 198 024
New South Wales
- Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS): (02) 9361 8000 / 1800 422 599
- Relationships Australia – New South Wales (RANSW): 1300 364 277
- St Vincent de Paul Society: (02) 9568 0262
- Samaritans: (02) 4960 7100 /1300 656 336
- Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
- NSW Poisons Information Centre: 13 11 26
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behaviour that causes a person to feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment may include:
- Staring or leering
- Unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against a person or unwelcome touching
- Suggestive comments or jokes
- Insults or taunts of a sexual nature
- Intrusive questions or statements about someone’s private life
- Displaying posters, magazines or screen savers of a sexual nature
- Sending sexually explicit emails or text messages
- Inappropriate advances on social networking sites
- Requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates
- Behaviour that may also be considered to be an offense under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications.
What is consent?
Consent occurs when a person freely and voluntarily agrees to engage in a sexual act. Consent cannot be given by people who are:
- incapacitated due to intoxication or the influence of drugs
- incapacitated due to their age or intellectual capacity
- unconscious or asleep
- under threat of or actual force
- intimidated, coerced or threatened
- unlawfully detained or held against their will
- tricked or manipulated due to the person being in a position of trust into providing consent