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 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).

NSW Sexual Assault Strategy Update – December 2017

Sexual assault is a crime with far reaching impacts on individuals, families and the community as a whole. The NSW Government has a longstanding history of supporting people who have experienced sexual assault. It has committed to work on preventing sexual assault and holding perpetrators accountable for the crimes they commit and harm their actions cause.

The NSW Government is developing a whole-of-government and whole-of-community Sexual Assault Strategy for NSW. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a framework for responding to and preventing sexual assault.

The Government has identified six proposed focus areas: prevention, education, supporting people who have experienced sexual assault, holding perpetrators to account, responding to children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour and improving the system as a whole.

We are working with an Expert Advisory Group that comprises of experts in both the non-government sector as well across government. We have asked this group to consider the proposed directions and provide us feedback in early February. This group provides essential input to assist government to ensure the directions of the strategy respond to outcomes of the consultations and the evidence of what will make a difference to people who have experienced sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Strategy will be released in 2018 after the NSW Government has considered the final recommendations of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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.