Sexual assault and abuse helplines
Even if you don't report sexual assault, rape or sexual abuse to police, there are organisations located in every state which can provide support.
Reporting a sexual assault
You you can decide wether or not to report a sexual assault or rape to police. Police have a better chance of collecting evidence if it is done sooner.
Sexual assault support
It can be an extremely upsetting experience to be raped or sexually assaulted. Everyone reacts differently and can go through a variety of emotions. The most important thing to remember is that it was not your fault.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted you shouldn't feel ashamed or to blame for what has occurred. There is advice we can offer so that you have the knowledge to make the decisions that are right for you and get the support you need.
GHB is a party drug. It has been linked to date rape and sexual assault. Find out more about the physical effects and consequences of using GHB.
Sexual assault treatment
It is still advisable to get medical treatment after a rape or sexual assault, even you if you do not intend to report the crime. This is to ensure any injuries are seen to and you are tested for sexually transmitted infections.
GHB and mental health
GHB is a depressant drug that can feel like alcohol intoxication at first. Risk of overdose is very high. Not a lot is known about the long-term effects of GHB yet, but regular use does lead to dependence.
Sexual abuse from someone you know is confusing and destroys trust. It can refer to a broad range of sexual behaviours and can make you feel uncomfortable or threatened. It is not your fault.
Causes of PTSD
The risk of experiencing PTSD can be increased by a complex mixture of factors such as childhood trauma and a history of mental illness.
This condition, which can involve cutting the skin, alcohol misuse or an eating disorder, is often a way of coping with low self-esteem or trauma.