When someone experiences sexual assault or harassment, the people they choose to talk to about it play a vital role.

Some survivors wish to disclose their experience while other survivors choose to disassociate from the experience and avoid recognition or engagement with the topic. All of these reactions are normal and it’s important to support a survivor in making choices that feel comfortable to them.

It can be difficult to know how to respond and you may be unsure about how to help. Read the steps below or download our guide (PDF, 285KB) to make sure that your response is non-judgemental, compassionate and supportive. 

3. Refer

The best thing you can do is to outline the support services that are available to them so that they can make their own decision about their next steps. 

It’s important you don’t provide a survivor with misleading advice and instead, put them in touch with experts who can help them.

Where can I refer?

Show that there is support available by:

Need emergency support?

If you are experiencing an emergency or have just experienced sexual assault and misconduct then you can call:

  • 000 for immediate police or ambulance assistance
  • UQ Security +61 7 3365 3333 for on campus emergencies
  • 1800 Respect 1800 737 732 for 24/7 counselling support
  • The National University Support Line on 1800 572 224