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Sexual assault and abuse helplines

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If you are in danger, call triple zero (000).

It's important to remember that support organisations can help you even if you don't report a crime to the police.

Wherever you are in Australia, you can call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for confidential information, counselling and support on sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. You can chat online and find services in your area.

Here's a list of support organisations for victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse:

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, the first thing you need to do is go somewhere you feel safe, such as the home of a close friend or family member or even a police station.

Then, if you feel you’re able to, you should consider telling someone you trust what has happened. You shouldn’t feel ashamed or to blame for what has happened to you.

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If you are still concerned about your sexual assault and abuse helplines, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

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Last reviewed: November 2019


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