Should you ever experience assault or harassment and need urgent medical attention, please call emergency services on 000.

Help and support for sexual assault

It takes courage to reach out for help. For more information on where to find help, please see the resources listed below. 

UTS Sexual Assault Support Line - 1800 531 626

Professionally trained trauma-informed counsellors can assist you.

NSW Rape Crisis - 1800 424 017

A 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault.

NSW Health Sexual Assault Services provide free information, counselling, court support, medical treatment and forensic examinations at various locations. Visit NSW Health for a full list of services via location with daytime and after-hours phone numbers.

Current students can email the Student Welfare Team Leader while UTS Insearch staff and immediate families may contact Employee Assistance Program provider Benestar on 1300 360 364 for counselling and support. 

A range of counselling support services via telephone, online and community help is also available.

What is sexual assault?

At UTS Insearch we have zero tolerance for sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual harassment. 

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, pressured or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent. Sexual assault is a crime and can happen to anyone.  People committing sexual assault often use tactics to make the person feel responsible for the crime. It can make it difficult to have the courage to reach out for help.

Indecent assault is unwanted touching of a person's body by another person. It can include kissing or inappropriate touching of a person's private body parts including breasts, buttocks or genitals.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment is not interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual. 

Consent occurs when a person freely and voluntarily agrees to sexual acts.  

Sexual assault occurs when someone does not give consent or is unable to give consent due to being:

  • asleep on unconscious
  • significantly intoxicated or affected by drugs
  • unable to understand what they are consenting to
  • initmidated, pressured or threatened
  • submitted to the abuse of authority of a professional or any other trusted person
  • unlawfully detained or held against their will

For more information, please visit NSW government sexual assault victims' website.

Report an incident

Anyone from the UTS Insearch community can report an incident of sexual assault, indecent assault or sexual harassment.  Note that in some cases UTS Insearch may be required to take action or report to Police. You can however access information and support without reporting an incident.

Report an incident to UTS Insearch

The UTS Sexual Assault Support Line is available to UTS Insearch students. To report an incident, please call 1800 531 626. A counselling service is also available.

Report an incident to the Police

You can choose to report an incident directly to the NSW Police by visiting your nearest Police Station or calling the 24-hour NSW Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

You can also report anonymously to the Police by completing the SARO Sexual Assault Questionnaire.