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Please note that this chapter (and pages it links to) contains information about sexual assault and violence that may be triggering to survivors.


Suzan Gencay


What is sexual assault?

Last updated

1 July 2021

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Often it is not reported to police because victims feel scared, embarrassed and confused. Sexual assault is never the victim’s ‘fault’. Sexual assault includes crimes listed in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (‘Crimes Act’).

Sexual offences include rape, sexual assault, threat to commit a sexual assault, incest, bestiality, sexual servitude and sexual offences committed against children and people with a cognitive or mental impairment. Sexual offences are serious crimes and are punishable by between five to 25 years’ imprisonment.

Some sexual offences are included in the Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic) (‘SO Act’).

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