Sexual assault & sexual harassment

Report a concern

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed any inappropriate or concerning behaviour you can report it – either anonymously or with contact details.

Victoria University (VU) works to provide a safe and inclusive place for all who work, study and visit here.

We are committed to supporting staff and students affected by sexual assault or sexual harassment, regardless of where and when it takes place.

Sexual assault or sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual behaviour or activity, which can make you feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened.

Understanding Sexual Assault and Harassment

What is a sexual assault?

Sexual assault covers a range of sexual behaviours which take place without a person's consent, or where their consent has been obtained through deception or coercion, or where consent is withdrawn. This includes:

  • rape
  • indecent assault (sexual acts that involve touching but not penetration)
  • any sexual contact with a child
  • sexual servitude
  • forcing someone to witness a sex act.

Sexual assault is a crime and can happen to anyone in our community. A sexual assault can carry a serious criminal penalty if found proven.

Reporting a crime or being a victim of crime will not affect your visa or employment status.


Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which:

  • violates your dignity
  • makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated
  • creates a hostile or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment also includes:

  • sexual comments or jokes
  • physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances, touching and various forms of sexual assault
  • displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature
  • sending emails with a sexual content.

You don’t need to have previously objected to someone's behaviour for it to be considered unwanted.

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