If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment
Help and support is always available at Notre Dame.
The University does not tolerate sexual assault or sexual harassment. We are committed to providing dedicated support services for students who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment to support their well being and continued engagement with studies.
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 Respect Officers
Notre Dame has Respect Officers on each campus to help and support students who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment.
If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment and you would like to talk to someone, you are warmly encouraged to contact a Respect Officer or any other member of staff. Our Respect Officers have been specially trained and they will:
- respond with compassion and understanding
- coordinate practical academic support for you as needed, to help you continue with your studies
- help you to access University support services (e.g. Counselling, Campus Ministry) and external support services
- provide information about formal reporting options
Who should contact a Respect Officer?
Any student or staff member who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment is encouraged to contact a Respect 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 Respect Officer?
If you contact a Respect Officer to discuss an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment, the Respect Officer will offer to meet with you in person, and will treat you with compassion, empathy, understanding and respect. The Respect Officer will help to tailor a coordinated response that is appropriate to your circumstances, to help you continue with your studies.
Amongst other things, the Respect Officer will provide you with information about how you can access support 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 Respect 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 (if appropriate) in accordance with the University’s misconduct and disciplinary processes.
How to contact a Respect Officer
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
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?
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?