Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault
Your knowledge and information centre for reducing sexual violence
Sexual assault statistics
These infographics highlight some findings from the recent Australian Bureau of Statistics release of the 2012 Personal Safety Survey. For more information, head to our Facts & Figures page.
The National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children
The National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (NCE) has announced its way forward for 2014.
- Read AIFS Director Professor Alan Hayes' message about changes for ACSSA in 2014
- Read the update from the NCE (PDF) or update from the NCE (Word version)
- Read news from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse on the NCE
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Australian Government has introduced legislation to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to assist the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The amendments will allow one or more of the six Royal Commissioners to conduct hearings, where previously the Act only permitted hearings by all members of a multi-member Commission or a quorum.
The Bill will also enable the Commissioners to receive information from those affected by child abuse at less formal 'private sessions'.
For many, telling their stories of child sexual abuse will be very traumatic and these private sessions will mean that people affected by this crime can voluntarily participate in the Royal Commission in a less formal setting than a hearing.
Acknowledging complexity in the impacts of sexual vicimtisation trauma
This ACSSA Issues provides an overview of 'complex trauma' caused by ongoing sexual abuse and discusses the implications for human services practice and policy, including trauma-informed services.
Community beliefs and misconceptions about male sexual assault
This ACSSA Resource Sheet outlines four central assumptions concerning male sexual assault, and identifies research and data that dispel these assumptions.
Engaging men in sexual assault prevention
This ACSSA Wrap looks at the role of men in sexual assault prevention and how men can be engaged as both educators and participants.
True or false? The contested terrain of false allegations
This ACSSA Research Summary helps clarify the debate about the prevalence of false allegations of sexual assault by providing a summary of recent literature on this issue.
- Working with crisis care responses to sexual assault (Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault)
Working With series: Liz Wall, a Research Officer at ACSSA, interviews Jane Vanderstoel (Executive Officer) and Esen Uygun (Crisis Care Counsellor) of West CASA.
In an effort to support the work of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia we have collated resources and information for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse, practitioners/service providers and those interested in finding out more about support services.