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Respect. Now. Always.

Link to Sexual Harassment PolicyCharles Darwin University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment, which is why we are taking part in a Universities Australia national initiative that aims to ensure students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The Respect. Now. Always. campaign conveys a strong message that sexual assault and harassment are unacceptable.

The campaign seeks to prevent sexual assault and harassment by raising awareness, supporting students requiring assistance and giving bystanders the confidence to speak up. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that our University is a place of respect – now and always.

Working with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the university sector has begun collaborative work to:

  • seek more comprehensive data on Australian sexual assault and harassment in universities through a national survey
  • participate in a review and update of policies and procedures at universities to prevent sexual assault and harassment
  • share global best practice models for reporting incidents and supporting students who disclose sexual assault or harassment.

The Respect. Now. Always. campaign is being led by Universities Australia and the survey does focus specifically on students enrolled in Higher Education qualifications. However, Charles Darwin University's commitment to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment extends to all CDU students and staff.

Free screening of The Hunting Ground

Friday 10 March, Mal Nairn Auditorium, Casuarina campus
Screening time: 1pm
Panel discussion: 2.30pm

The screening is part of the Respect.Now.Always. campaign, which is supported by Australian universities. Everyone is welcome.

Student Survey

Australian Human rights commission buttonA national Higher Education student survey will be conducted on sexual assault and sexual harassment of university students. The survey will gather evidence on the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities. At CDU, the survey will be distributed to a sample of CDU Higher Education students randomly selected to participate in the survey.

If you are randomly selected to participate in the survey, you will receive an email to your university email address later in September. While participation is voluntary, if you are selected, we encourage you to take part. Data will be de-identified to ensure the confidentiality of students who chose to participate.

Higher Education students not selected in the random sample and who wish to share information about their experiences of sexual assault or sexual harassment will have the opportunity to make a confidential online submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission. In late September 2016, CDU will advise about how to make this submission.

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Sexual Respect

Charles Darwin University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment. At CDU, we have no tolerance for sexual assault or harassment.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which makes a person feel humiliated, intimidated or offended.

Sexual harassment can take many forms and may include:

  • physical contact
  • spoken or written comments
  • jokes
  • propositions or the display of offensive material or behaviour that creates a sexually hostile environment.

Sexual harassment has nothing to do with mutual conduct or attractions. Such friendships that are consensual are a private matter.

What is sexual assault or rape?

Sexual violence may take many forms, including sexual assault and sexual abuse. Sexual assault and sexual abuse are criminal matters and should be reported to the police.

Advice and support is available on campus and externally and information about these is provided below.

Remember: sexual assault is never the fault of the victim.

Emergency Response to Sexual Harassment or Assault

In an emergency where someone is in immediate danger dial ‘000’.

Sexual harassment

If you have been sexually harassed:

  • seek support from someone or an organisation that you trust
  • refer to information about support within the University or external to the University.

If the sexual assault has occurred within the University community:

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is a crime.

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  • seek immediate medical attention, preferably within 72 hours of the assault occurring
  • contact the police, support options are available through the police and legal system
  • seek support from someone or an organisation that you trust
  • refer to information about support within the University or external to the University

If the sexual assault has occurred within the University community, along with reporting to the police, submit a complaint via the CDU Complaints Management Unit.

Support at CDU

CDU Security

If you need assistance while on campus, contact CDU Security on 08 8946 7777.

Security staff will liaise with police, ambulance and/or CDU Support Services as necessary. Security also provides a chaperone service to escort students and staff around campus after hours.

CDU Counselling Service

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by professionals. Our counsellors are social workers or psychologists with a counselling and mental health sub-speciality, and who are members to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).Contact

Contact the CDU Counselling Service

T: 08 8946 6288
E: counselling@cdu.edu.au

CDU After Hours Crisis Line: 1300 933 393

Support outside CDU

Across Australia a number of organisations are available to assist in instances of sexual harassment or assault. A variety of services can provide counselling, medical services, emergency accommodation and legal advice for those affected by sexual violence.

Your local medical services will have information about organisations that can provide assistance and support in the event of sexual harassment or assault.

Local support in Darwin

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape (Ruby Gaea)
T: 08 8945 0155
W: rubygaea.net.au

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
T: 08 8922 6472 (24 hours a day, NT wide)
W: NT Department of Health Sexual Assault Services

Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS)
T: 08 8982 1111
E: info@dcls.org.au
W: dcls.org.au

Lifeline
T: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)

Other support

1800RESPECT - National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service.

For information, referral and counselling delivered by qualified, experienced professionals 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

T: 1800 737 732
W: 1800respect.org.au