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Sexual Assault Resource Centre

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is a free 24 hour-7 days a week emergency service specialising in counselling and medical services for men, women and children over 13 years who have suffered recent sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse.

This service is also available to people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse in the past.

SARC can refer people to another service that may be more appropriate to their needs or more accessible to where people live.

Sexual assault and sexual abuse is a crime. It encompasses any sexual activity inflicted upon a person that is unwanted and/or not consented to, by that person. It is a crime irrespective of accompanying physical violence, a person's economic, social or cultural background, the nature of their employment or whether the offence has occurred publicly or within the home.

Sexual assault and sexual abuse can have long term negative health and psycho-social effects. People who experience sexual assault and sexual abuse often experience shock, fear, guilt, shame, depression and an inability to trust others. The social stigma attached to sexual assault and sexual abuse may heighten these feelings and increase the trauma experienced by these people. Many people do not tell anyone what has happened to them, resulting in them not seeking the help and support they need.

The SARC team is made up of:

  • female medical doctors
  • female and male counsellors and social workers
  • female clinical psychologists
  • an Aboriginal Liaison Officer
  • an Education and Training Unit.

SARC is not part of the police and it is up to you to decide if you want to go to the police.

Phone: (08) 9340 1830

Freecall: 1800 199 888 - crisis only

Last updated: 18-Feb-2013

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