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Reporting sexual assault and sexual harassment

Making a disclosure, report or complaint

Charles Darwin University is committed to providing a safe, secure and supportive environment. If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual misconduct, we encourage you to lodge a report. 

You can lodge a disclosure, make a formal report, or report anonymously.  An anonymous report may limit the University’s capacity to effectively support you or respond to the incident. 

If you choose to report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment, this will not affect your academic record.  For international students, reporting an incident does not affect your visa. If you require advice or assistance, please email equity@cdu.edu.au or call 08 8946 6288.

For all emergencies call 000 to contact Police.  If you are able, please contact CDU Security on 8946 7777 to assist, and to meet and direct emergency services to your location.

 
 
The reporting process

What to do if you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Ensure you are safe, in a safe place and seek 24/7 support from any of the following:

  • In an emergency, contact Police on 000

  • In the NT, contact NT Sexual Assault Referral Centre for immediate and confidential advice and support on (08) 8922 6472 

  • Throughout Australia, contact 1800RESPECT on Ph 1800 737 732 for support 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, or see support services across Australia listed at www.1800respect.org.au/

  • Contact CDU Security through the SafeZone App, in person to Orange 2, or by phone 08 8946 7777.

Reporting to the University

CDU is committed to preventing and responding to sexual assault and sexual harassment, and to support members of its community who have had these experiences.

You can access support and assistance through the following:

  • CDU Security on 08 8946 7777 or via the SafeZone App.
  • Student Support and Counselling on 08 8946 6288 or After Hours Support Line on 1300 933 393
  • Lodge a report via Make a Report. Making a report enables you to disclose a current or past incident of sexual misconduct that either:
    • happened to you directly
    • happened to someone else you are supporting
    • or you witnessed.

What happens if I make a report of sexual assault or sexual harassment?

  • A Report - is a formal investigation conducted in strict confidence. If consent is given you will be contacted to enable support.
  • A Disclosure – you are telling us about an incident, experience, or observation in order to seek support and guidance. Contact made to enable support.
  • A Complaint – is investigated by the Complaints Management Unit. More information can be found here.
 
Sexual assault referral centres
For support Australia-wide: 

If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment and feel you would like to speak to someone for support or information, 1800RESPECT  can provide counselling, information and referrals 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone 1800 737 732 or go to www.1800respect.org.au/. There is a service directory on the website to locate services in your area.

For support in the Northern Territory:

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC)

Darwin: (08) 8922 6472

Katherine: (08) 8973 8524

Tennant Creek: (08) 8962 4361

Alice Springs - from 8am to 4.21pm, Monday to Friday: (08) 8955 4500
Alice Springs - after hours: 0401 114 181

You can call Darwin and Alice Springs 24 hours a day to get help for recent incidents of sexual assault.

Ruby Gaea provides free, confidential counselling and support to women and children who have experienced sexual assault at any time in their lives.

Darwin: (08) 8945 0155

 
Mental health support services

Lifeline
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention.
Ph: 13 11 14
Website: 
https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 

beyondblue
Mental health support.
Ph: 1300 224 636
Website: 
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Headspace
Supports young people aged between 12 and 25 years of age.
Ph: 1800 650890
Website: 
https://headspace.org.au/ 

Kid's Helpline
Counselling service for those aged between 5 and 25 years of age.
Ph: 1800 55 1800
Website: 
https://kidshelpline.com.au/ 

Suicide Call Back Service
Ph: 1300 659 467
Website: 
https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/ 

If you feel unsafe now, phone 000.

If you require police assistance, but there is no immediate danger, call 131 444

Sexual assault and sexual harassment is any unwanted, or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which is offensive, intimidating or humiliating to another person. Sexual assault is sexual behaviour that has not been consented to and is an abuse of entitlement and/or power.