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 A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1958 (Vic) (‘Crimes Act’).
Sexual offences include rape, sexual assault, threat to commit a sexual assault, incest, bestiality, sexual (1) Being completely under the control of another, for example in sexual servitude (sex slavery).
(2) A legal relationship between two pieces of land, where one is subject to a right that can be exercised over it by the owner of the other (e.g. an easement). 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’).