Help sought after sexual assault

There are many formal and informal supports which may be used by people who experience sexual assault, including family and friends, health professionals and helplines. Information on how victims seek help can assist understanding and improvement of response strategies and provide information on the extent of under-reporting of sexual assault incidents in data collected as a by-product of service delivery. Data on advice or support (help) sought and received, after the most recent experience of sexual assault is available from the ABS Personal Safety Survey (PSS) which collects information on the experiences of violence for women and men in Australia.

The visualisation below shows the proportion and number of adults who sought advice or support after their most recent incident of sexual assault by a male perpetrator in the last 10 years.

Victims who sought advice or support after most recent incident of sexual assault by a male perpetrator, by sex, 2016

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The visualisation below shows the different sources of help received by females after the most recent incident of sexual assault by a male perpetrator in the last 10 years. Data for male victims are not available due to data quality issues.

Sources of advice or support received by females after the most recent incident of sexual assault by a male perpetrator, 2016

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