01 August 2017
Respect. Now. Always.
RMIT is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our staff, students and anyone who comes on to any of our campuses.
As part of this commitment, RMIT supports and promotes the national Respect. Now. Always. campaign, designed to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment. This includes creating visibility around the support services available to university students and staff where applicable.
Late last year, as part of the Respect. Now. Always. campaign, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) surveyed students from universities nationwide regarding their experiences with sexual assault and harassment.
RMIT has developed a University wide working group to focus on reducing the risk of sexual assault and harassment and to improve the methods of responding to disclosures from victims and survivors.
An online module has been developed to assist staff so we all understand this very sensitive issue, and the importance of consent and the best methods of response to disclosures of sexual assault and harassment. These modules will be released in a few short weeks and will be available to all staff.
All staff are encouraged to attend the professional development workshops titled “Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault” in order to improve their knowledge and understanding of these sensitive situations. For more information and to register for these workshops, please see DevelopMe.
Responding to Disclosures
If someone tells you about an experience of sexual assault or harassment, consider the following principles:
Listen – Acknowledge the impact
Accept – Don’t doubt, judge or attribute blame
Support – Offer support options
Look after yourself – Ensure you are supported
No matter where, when or how it happened, support is available to those who have experienced sexual assault or harassment. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact:
T: 9925 2396
(Available from 31 July to 30 November 2017)
National University Support Line
T: 1800 572 224
Health Safety and Wellbeing
T: 9925 0600
CASA House Sexual Assault Crisis Line
T: 1800 806 292