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Link to Sexual Harassment PolicyCharles Darwin University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment. Sexual assault and harassment are unacceptable.

Australian Human Rights Commission report into university student sexual assault and sexual harassment survey

All members of Universities Australia, which commissioned this national survey, agreed to make public the survey results for their individual institutions. Click on the links below to access information on how to read the survey results, CDU's survey report and Universities Australia's 10-Point Action plan.

(Please note: Results showing ** indicate that the response rate was too small to be statistically relevant. CDU's response rate to the survey was comparable to those of other universities, but because our overall student numbers are relatively low, there were insufficient responses to be statistically relevant).

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to be part of this important survey and to those who shared their experiences. CDU is listening and is committed to acting to ensure safety and respect. <strong>Professor Simon Maddocks Vice-Chancellor</strong>

 

National Support Line

CDU has joined with other Australian universities to fund a 24/7 National Support Line to operate until 30 November to ensure that student victims and survivors of sexual assault can access round-the-clock specialist support.

The support line complements the phone and face-to-face counselling services that already operate at CDU. The National Support Line number is 1800 572 224.

CDU offers a range of services and support to students and staff to get help or make a report.

CDU Security

If you need assistance while on campus, contact CDU Security on 08 8946 7777.

Security staff will liaise with police, ambulance and/or CDU Support Services as necessary. Security also provides a chaperone service to escort students and staff around campus after hours.

To report sexual assault or sexual harassment in a non-emergency situation contact CDU Complaints Management Unit.

CDU Counselling Service

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by professionals. Our counsellors are social workers or psychologists with a counselling and mental health sub-speciality, and who are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), or are registered through the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).

Contact the CDU Counselling Service
T: 08 8946 6288
E: counselling@cdu.edu.au

To book an appointment online cdu.edu.au/equity-services

CDU After Hours Telephone Crisis Support: 1300 933 393

EASA support for staff:
Northern Territory locations only (toll free): 1800 193 123
All other locations: 08 8941 1752

Taking Action Against Sexual Assault

Charles Darwin University is taking part in a Universities Australia national initiative that aims to prevent and address sexual assault and sexual harassment across the sector.

The Respect. Now. Always. campaign, led by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia, seeks to prevent sexual assault and harassment by raising awareness, supporting students requiring assistance and giving bystanders the confidence to speak up.

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that our University is a place of respect – now and always.

Working with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the university sector has begun collaborative work to:

  • seek more comprehensive data on Australian sexual assault and harassment in universities through a national survey
  • participate in a review and update of policies and procedures at universities to prevent sexual assault and harassment
  • share global best practice models for reporting incidents and supporting students who disclose sexual assault or harassment.

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Sexual Respect

Charles Darwin University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment. At CDU, we have no tolerance for sexual assault or harassment.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which makes a person feel humiliated, intimidated or offended.

Sexual harassment can take many forms and may include:

  • physical contact
  • spoken or written comments
  • jokes
  • propositions or the display of offensive material or behaviour that creates a sexually hostile environment.

Sexual harassment has nothing to do with mutual conduct or attractions. Such friendships that are consensual are a private matter.

What is sexual assault or rape?

Sexual violence may take many forms, including sexual assault and sexual abuse. Sexual assault and sexual abuse are criminal matters and should be reported to the police.

Advice and support is available on campus and externally and information about these is provided below.

Remember: sexual assault is never the fault of the victim.

Emergency Response to Sexual Harassment or Assault

In an emergency where someone is in immediate danger dial ‘000’.

Sexual harassment

If you have been sexually harassed:

  • seek support from someone or an organisation that you trust
  • refer to information about support within the University or external to the University.

If the sexual assault has occurred within the University community:

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is a crime.

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  • seek immediate medical attention, preferably within 72 hours of the assault occurring
  • contact the police, support options are available through the police and legal system
  • seek support from someone or an organisation that you trust
  • refer to information about support within the University or external to the University

If the sexual assault has occurred within the University community, along with reporting to the police, submit a complaint via the CDU Complaints Management Unit.

Support at CDU

CDU Security

If you need assistance while on campus, contact CDU Security on 08 8946 7777.

Security staff will liaise with police, ambulance and/or CDU Support Services as necessary. Security also provides a chaperone service to escort students and staff around campus after hours.

CDU Counselling Service

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by professionals. Our counsellors are social workers or psychologists with a counselling and mental health sub-speciality, and who are members to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).Contact

Contact the CDU Counselling Service

T: 08 8946 6288
E: counselling@cdu.edu.au

CDU After Hours Crisis Line: 1300 933 393

Support outside CDU

Across Australia a number of organisations are available to assist in instances of sexual harassment or assault. A variety of services can provide counselling, medical services, emergency accommodation and legal advice for those affected by sexual violence.

Your local medical services will have information about organisations that can provide assistance and support in the event of sexual harassment or assault.

Local support in Darwin

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape (Ruby Gaea)
T: 08 8945 0155
W: rubygaea.net.au

Ruby Gaea is a non-government provider of specialist post-initial trauma sexual assault counselling, education and training service in the Northern Territory.  They provide professional specialist, confidential, ethical counselling and support to all women and children (girls and boys aged 5 to 17 years of age) who have experienced sexual assault at any time in their lives.  Their services are free to the Greater Darwin Region.


Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
T: 08 8922 6472 (24 hours a day, NT wide)
W: NT Department of Health Sexual Assault Services

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides a 24-hour emergency service. It is a free confidential service that involves medical care and counselling support to people who have been sexually assaulted, at any time. Information in other languages is available.


Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS)
T: 08 8982 1111
E: info@dcls.org.au
W: dcls.org.au

Lifeline
T: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)

Other support

1800RESPECT - National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service.

For information, referral and counselling delivered by qualified, experienced professionals 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

T: 1800 737 732
W: 1800respect.org.au