Report An Incident

SAE provides reporting, disclosure and support options for students who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault or harassment.   Discussing or reporting sexual assault and harassment can be difficult and distressing.  Our aim is for this process to be as safe, private and simple as possible.

 

How to report

If you are a survivor of sexual assault or harassment, or have witnessed it, or have been told about an incident by someone else, you can report the incident to SAE by submitting a confidential online form.

You have options for making a disclosure or a formal report.

  • You can tell a First Responder about the incident and they can discuss your options and link you to support. They can also assist you to make a report online, or can make a report on your behalf, with your permission.
  • You can disclose using the online form and remain anonymous. You can do this if you experienced sexual harassment or assault, if you witnessed it, or if another SAE student told you about their experience. There will be no follow up, but we will record this information and it will help with preventing or responding to sexual assault and harassment. Concerns reported anonymously are taken seriously.
  • You can disclose using an online form and provide your name and contact details. You can do this if you experienced sexual harassment or assault, if you witnessed it, or if another SAE student told you about their experience. By disclosing using your name, you are not making a formal report, nor will we start an investigation. A member of the Directorate of Student Experience will contact you within two working days to discuss your experience and your options. We will respect your privacy and wishes for how you would like us to proceed.

Lodge a disclosure online

For more information about lodging a disclosure or report contact  Support.SASH@sae.edu

Make a report

Lodging a formal report

For some people, it may take a while to decide to lodge a report. You can lodge a formal report even if some time has passed since the incident/s. If the staff or student mentioned are no longer at SAE, there may be limitations to what outcomes can be reached, but we will still consider the information you provide, and will make contact to discuss.

When lodging a formal report, you will be asked to provide as much information as possible about the incident, including:

  • specific details of the incident (what, when, where and any relevant background information
  • any evidence you have, such as emails or text messages, which can be uploaded as attachments to the online form
  • contact you have had with the student/staff who is the subject of the concern
  • contact you have had with staff regarding the incident and any outcomes
  • whether you want SAE to investigate the issue, which will be guided by SAE’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure outcome/s sought as a result of the concern.

What happens when you make a formal report?

A member of the Directorate of Student Experience will contact you within two working days to discuss your report and the process for investigation. They will also discuss your academic and personal needs, confidentiality and any concerns you may have regarding the process.

They will seek your consent before acting, and provide clear information about the process, timeframes, and possible outcomes. They will also communicate with you in writing.

When you make a report and submit it online, it will be seen by staff in the Directorate of Student Experience who are trained in sexual assault and sexual harassment support and response. These same staff will oversee investigating reports. Your report and other relevant information are stored securely, and your privacy will be maintained. No information that identifies you or your situation will be shared unless we are legally required to do so or believe there is a genuine threat to your wellbeing or safety.

You can lodge a formal report using this online form.

For more information about making a formal report contact Support.SASH@sae.edu

Reporting to Police

Sexual assault is a serious crime that can impact anybody. It can be difficult and distressing to make a report to the police. A person who has experienced sexual assault may decide not to report to police, or not to have a medical or forensic examination. This is their choice and should be respected and supported.

Police strongly encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual assault, but they understand that not everyone wants to pursue a formal investigation. There are options for making informal and anonymous reports of sexual assault.  Police can provide information about these options and can also refer to medical care and counselling agencies.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Making a report to the police

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.]

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

NSW Police

000 for emergencies 

Policelink 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 for non-emergencies

GLLOs  – LGBTIQ Liaison Officers

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

Many survivors have reasons for not officially reporting the crimes of sexual assault or rape. You can make an informal report about the assault(s) and the perpetrator, anonymously if you prefer. This is different to making an official complaint or seeking prosecution. An informal report means that the police do not press charges in relation to your experience of abuse or assault but are still provided valuable information about the offence(s) that may assist in other prosecutions. For more information, or to report to New South Wales Police through Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO)

 

QUEENSLAND

Making a report to the police

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

Queensland Police

000 for emergencies 

Policelink 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 for non-emergencies

LGBTI Liaison Officers: QPS LGBTI Liaison Program

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

Many survivors have reasons for not officially reporting the crimes of sexual assault or rape. You can make an informal report about the assault(s) and the perpetrator, anonymously if you prefer. This is different to making an official complaint or seeking prosecution. An informal report means that the police do not press charges in relation to your experience of abuse or assault but are still provided valuable information about the offence(s) that may assist in other prosecutions. For more information, or to report toPolice through Alternative Reporting Option (ARO).

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Making a report to the police

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

South Australia Police

000 for emergencies 

Policelink 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 for non-emergencies

Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. You can provide information anonymously without contacting the police personally: If you are apprehensive about involving police you are encouraged to make contact with Yarrow Place, Rape and Sexual Assault Service where you will be provided with information and choices about accessing medical and counselling services. (Free call 1800 817 421). An opportunity exists to provide information anonymously to police by completing a questionnaire that in no way identifies you as the victim.

For more information, or to report to Police SA Police Sexual Crime Investigations
Ph: 08 8172 5555 (business hours only)

 

VICTORIA

Making a report to the police

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

Victoria Police

000 for emergencies 

Policelink 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 for non-emergencies

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Liaison Officers (GLLOs) 

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

If you would like further information about the investigation process you may speak to a Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) detective. SOCIT Detectives:

Diamond Creek (03) 9438 8320 Epping (03) 9409 8174 Fawkner (03) 9355 6100 Footscray (03) 8398 9860 Brimbank (03) 9313 3460 Melbourne (03) 8690 4056

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Making a report to the police

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000.

If you have experienced sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police:

Western Australia Police

000 for emergencies 

Policelink 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 for non-emergencies

People of Diverse Sexuality and/or Gender

You can choose whether to report the sexual assault to police. It is your decision. It might be helpful to discuss your decision with a counsellor or someone you trust, and to know how sexual assault is investigated by police.

Sex Assault Squad can be contacted on (08) 9428 1600 or by email.