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Australia Sexual assault reporting rises in NSW

12:25  15 september  2021
12:25  15 september  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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An overview: A Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO) is an on-line form that people can complete if they have decided not to make a formal report to police or have their matter investigated. A SARO questionnaire is not the same as making a formal report to police and will not initiate a The primary purposes of a SARO is to make a record of what occurred, in addition to allowing the NSW Police Force to gather information on sexual offences and offending. SARO can also be used as a therapeutic tool during counselling programs. SARO is a questionnaire that can be accessed online here.

New South Wales Police Force understand that reporting sexual assault can be distressing and traumatic. Experienced investigators can explain all available options to you then take your statement if you wish to formally report the matter. 18. Information about complaint procedure where Charter is breached. Support Services & Recovery. You do not need to have reported the sexual abuse to police to receive help from sexual assault services in NSW . There is help available from people who understand and can assist you, especially if you do not want to tell friends or family about the abuse

Reports of sexual assaults to NSW Police have increased significantly in the past two years, even as a huge spike seen in March 2021 subsides.

a close up of a logo: Reports of sexual assaults to NSW Police have increased significantly in the past two years. © Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS Reports of sexual assaults to NSW Police have increased significantly in the past two years.

Sexual assault reporting rose by 61 per cent in March as the country was gripped by a national conversation about violence against women, with Grace Tame named Australian of the Year and Brittany Higgins' rape allegation rocking politics.

The number of sexual assault complaints has risen 21 per cent year-on-year in the two years to June 2021, new data from the state's crime research agency reveals.

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The number of sexual assaults reported to NSW Police jumped dramatically in March, a surge attributed to the public discussion around rape and consent driven by young women like Chanel Contos and Brittany Higgins. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research revealed the number of “The increase appears to be due to a temporary rise in victim willingness to formally report sexual violence. The timing of the increase closely aligns with saturation media coverage of numerous sexual assault allegations in late February and March 2021,” the bureau said in a statement on Thursday.

Reports of sexual violence have spiked in NSW , according to new crime data, suggesting women have been emboldened by recent media coverage of the issue. Ms Fitzgerald attributed the jump in sexual assault reports to increased victim willingness to come forward, rather than an increase in rape prevalence. She said the rise in reported cases was "remarkable". "Typically only around 10 per cent or 15 per cent of adult sexual assault victims report to police," Ms Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Half of the increase was due to adult victims coming forward, almost all of whom are female.

Women of all ages were responsible for the rise, but it was most pronounced for young women aged between 18 and 24, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research said.

Most of the assaults were committed by partners or ex-partners.

The trend is contrary to most other crime, which has remained stable or fallen over the two-year period.

Violent offending, like domestic assault and robbery, fell dramatically at the time of the state's first COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020. But it has since returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Many property offences have stayed below pre-pandemic levels.

Stealing, for example, is down 28.4 per cent in the past two years. Break and enter offences are down 16.6 per cent. Also trending downwards are fraud (11.5 per cent), stealing from a dwelling (9.8 per cent) and car theft (8.6 per cent).

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The New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) provides two ways for victims to report a sexual assault . The first and preferred method is to contact your nearest Police Station and make a formal complaint. A Police Officer will obtain a version of the offence in the form of a statement and arrange A mandatory reporter is a body or organisation that is required to report all risks of significant harm to children in NSW to Community Services. We understand that completing this questionnaire may be difficult for you as you are being asked to remember, in some detail, what happened.

Sexual assault support organisations and mental health workers say they are seeing more Australian women coming forward to tell their own stories of abuse, after weeks of public reporting on high-profile cases. It's national governance manager Melonie Sheehan said the organisation often sees a rise in calls when sexual violence is reported in the media. "The voices of those impacted by assault and harassment matter," she said. "Sharing their lived experiences helps generate awareness and encourage societal change."

The rise in sexual assaults shows a desperate need for reform, says Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia CEO Hayley Foster.

"We know increases in reporting can be a positive thing, in particular the increase in historical case reporting, but we need to make sure the system is equipped to deal with this," Ms Foster said.

"This means ensuring specialist sexual assault services can meet increased capacity, and that the path to justice is both safe and attainable."

The new crime data doesn't take into account the lengthy lockdown that began in Greater Sydney in June and later expanded to the entire state.

BOCSAR Executive Director Jackie Fitzgerald said crime trends will be significantly impacted by the star-at-home orders.

"We know from 2020 that (lockdowns) interrupt criminal activity and lead to sharp falls in many crimes," she said.

"The impact of the most recent restrictions will be closely monitored in the coming months as NSW residents gradually resume regular activities."

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