What is a sexual offence
Sexual offences can happen to people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, in any location, even online.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that causes a person to feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.
Examples of behaviours that are considered to be sexual offences are:
- persistent unwanted sexual advances and offensive sexual comments or jokes
- repeated unwanted requests to go out
- sexually suggestive behaviour, such as leering or staring
- touching, fondling, kissing, frottage (rubbing against somebody)
- being made to look at, or pose for, pornographic photos or videos
- voyeurism (observing unsuspecting people who are partly undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts)
- exhibitionism (sexual gratification through public nudity or indecency)
- incest and interfamilial child sexual assault.