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Sexual violence

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Sexual violence or assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature. It can include anything from exhibitionism and exposure to pornography, to unwanted sexual touching, to rape, to injuring or endangering the life of the victim.

It is also not acceptable to encourage or pressure someone to engage in sexual activity or try to engage in sexual activity with someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Drinking alcohol can affect a person's ability to make decisions. It can also create situations that weren't planned for. Things young people should consider when they are out include:

  • trying to stay in a group
  • looking out for their friends and planning how they can let each other know if they feel unsafe
  • appreciating that alcohol can affect their decisions about what they want to do
  • knowing not to feel pressured into doing anything they don't want to do
  • realising they have the right to say no at any time
  • understanding that they should never force themselves on someone.

Where to go for help

If you are concerned about something that has happened to you or someone you know, you should talk to someone you trust. If you are a student you could talk to your teacher, school guidance officer or school based youth health nurse or call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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Last updated 17 October 2019