Department of Family and Community Services

NSW Sexual Assault Strategy

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The NSW Government is developing a NSW Sexual Assault Strategy to improve prevention and response to sexual assault and sexual violence in NSW.

The Strategy will be released in November 2017.

The Strategy will focus on:

  • Prevention
  • Education about sexual assault and sexual violence
  • Supporting adults and children who have experienced sexual violence
  • Holding perpetrators of sexual violence to account
  • Responding to children and young people (10-17 years) who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour towards others
  • Improving the system as a whole.

The Strategy will include:

  • Adults who have experienced sexual violence as adults
  • Adults who experienced sexual violence as children
  • Children and young people (under 18 years) who have experienced sexual violence
  • Supporters and carers.

Attention will be given to the needs:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with disability
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, intersex and/or queer
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Other groups at high-risk of sexual assault (e.g. children in out of home care).

Progress report

The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy: Progress Report outlines the work the NSW Government has undertaken up to December 2016 to develop the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy and the work which will be undertaken throughout 2017.