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RESPECT.NOW.ALWAYS

Murdoch University is committed to ensuring our community is free from sexual harassment and assault. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not tolerated. This webpage provides information on where to get help if you have been assaulted or know of anyone who has. Remember, you are not alone and will be supported.

If you need emergency assistance, you can contact any of these 24 hour services:

  • Emergency Services – 000
  • Murdoch Campus Security - 9360 7333
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) 24 hour emergency line for recent sexual assault – 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888
  • Emergency telephone counselling (between 8.30am and 11.00pm daily) – 6458 1828
  • 1800 Respect - 1800 737 732

On Campus, Murdoch University Health Medical and Counselling Service provides a range of services for students and staff. Both services can usually offer appointments within 2 working days and the Medical Service provides walk-in appointments with the University Nurse for urgent situations. For more information and support from the counselling service click here. If you wish to find out more about our medical service, follow this link.

Definitions

  • Sexual harassment

    Sexual harassment makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. It is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which is not mutually agreed upon or consensual. Sexual harassment can be written, verbal or physical, and can happen in person or online. Both men and women can experience sexual harassment. It is important to know that sexual harassment does not need to be repetitive – one incident is enough to constitute sexual harassment and should be reported.

  • Sexual Assault

    If someone is sexually harassing you in a way that causes you to feel humiliation, pain, fear or intimidation, then this can be considered sexual assault. Sexual assault is commonly described as being forced, pressured or tricked into doing sexual things when you don’t want to. If you don’t feel right about something that has happened to you, it is OK to ask for help. Click here to find out more about sexual assault and examples of.

  • Consent

    Consent is when both people enthusiastically agree to any sexual act. This includes kissing, touching, foreplay and sexual intercourse. Consent is agreeing to participate in any sexual activity. It lets you know that the other person wants to be sexual with you. Either person has the right to say no and stop at any time. Once it is known that one person wants to stop, if you continue it is a criminal offense. Being pressured or coerced into sexual activity, is not consent. Don’t assume, always ask first. The only way to know if someone wants to continue is for them to say “YES”. It is paramount that both people feel that they are able to say "yes" or "no" or stop the sexual activity at any point.

    Here are some helpful videos to help explain consent:

    Consent is as simple as a cup of tea

    How to know if somone wants to have sex with you

    Click here to read more about consent.

How to report a sexual assault or harassment incident

Murdoch University provides confidential health services who can help you with the physical, psychological and emotional impact of the incident. In addition, their staff may be able to help you access specialist services, make reports and understand University processes.

Medical Service
Phone: 9360 2293
Email: medicalservice@murdoch.edu.au

Counselling Service
Phone: 9360 1227
Email: counsellingservice@murdoch.edu.au

  • Reporting

    If you feel able to report the incident to the WA Police they can be contacted on 131 444 or visit https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Sexual-assault. If you use the Sexual Assault Resource Centre services they can help you decide if you want to make a Police report and support you through the process.

    If you wish to make a formal report of the incident to the University, the Counselling Service will assist you. The Counselling staff are trained to support you and can help you decide on what information you are comfortable with disclosing.

    Remember – the sexual harassment or assault you have experienced was not your fault and Murdoch University staff will never judge you as you are a victim of someone else’s actions.

    If you need to talk to someone urgently you can call the following numbers:

    • SARC - 1800 199 888 / 08 6458 1828
    • National Sexual Assault and Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service - 1800 737 732
    • Lifeline - 13 11 14
    • Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
  • Reporting Sexual Assaults or Sexual Harassment to Murdoch University

    Any reports to the University will be investigated to see how we can make the University a safer place and if there is anything that can be done to prevent further incidents occurring. Reports of sexual assault or sexual harassment will be kept confidential and only the information shared or escalated within the University will be that which you have agreed to be shared. Identifiers such as name and student number will be held confidentially within the department receiving the report.

    For more information read through this PDF.

    You can report anonymously through the MurdochSafe app. You can download the app from Google Play or through Apple’s App Store. Follow this link to find out more about MurdochSafe.

    Scan this QR code to download the app.

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    You can report the incident via:

    1. Emergency Situations or
    2. University Support

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    Emergency Situations:

    If the situation is urgent and you are at immediate risk, use the Campus Emergency button to open a page to call 000 or Campus Security.

    The Sexual Assault Guidelines page offers a range of resources and supports. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the report. It is labelled as 'Report a Sexual Harassment or Assault'.

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    University Support:

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    Select 'Report Sexual Harassment or Assault'.

    Both pathways will lead you to this page. Here is where you can report the incident.

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    Some important information to remember:

    • You can remain anonymous. If you provide your name and contact details you will receive confirmation of your report once it has been reviewed by a member of the Health Service.
    • You do not have to fill in all the fields. Any part of the form that says ‘Optional’ can be left blank. You can write “I prefer not to disclose” if any parts are too distressing for you. Please remember that the more detail you provide, more we will be able to investigate the incident and offer the right sort of follow up. Useful details are time and date, was it sexual harassment or sexual assault, what was the context of the incident (but we don’t need to know intimate details as that may be too distressing for you)
    • It will remain confidential. Once you submit the report it will be sent only to the Murdoch University Health Team Leaders and Service Manager. If you would like someone to discuss support options, you will be contacted by a trained professional from within the Murdoch Health Service. Any conversation will be treated as a confidential discussion and notes will only be kept within a secure health record. Your confidence can only be breached if we feel you are at serious risk from someone, to yourself or to another person.

    If you have any questions please phone the Health Service on 93601227 or 93602293.

Information for staff

How to support someone who has been assaulted

  • How you can help

    A sexual assault is distressing for the victim but it can also have a devastating impact on friends and family who care deeply for them. It is important for partners, family and friends to be supportive and to help the person overcome the effects of the assault. You can help by:

    • Believing them
    • Listening and allowing them the opportunity to talk about the event in their own time and in their own way
    • Not judging them
    • Spending time with them
    • Allowing them some private time
    • Reassuring them they are safe
    • Allowing them the opportunity to express their feelings
    • Not taking the person’s anger and feelings personally
    • Helping with some tasks such as minding the children or cooking, if this is what they want<
    • Not saying things such as ‘lucky it wasn’t worse’ – people who have experienced a trauma are not consoled by these statements.

    If a friend or family has disclosed a sexual assault to you, encourage them to seek professional support from one of the services listed above.

    For more information click here.