It's important to remember that support organisations can help you even if you don't report a crime to the police.
Here's a list of support organisations for victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse:
- Commonwealth - Australian Institute of Family Studies
- New South Wales - Attorney General Office
- Northern Territory - Department of Health, Sexual Assault Services
- Queensland - Queensland Health
- South Australia - Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service
- Tasmania - Sexual Assault Support Service
- Victoria - Department of Human Services
- Western Australia - Western Australian Department of Health
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.
Not sure what to do next?
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).
Last reviewed: July 2015