Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 18 is exposed to sexual activities.
Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is not the victim’s fault.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone in our community. This includes people who are young or old, male or female, from any cultural background, wealthy or not so wealthy, married or not. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault.
Most victims of sexual assault know the person who assaulted them, such as a family member or friend or someone from work, school, church or another social group. A person you don’t know or have just met can commit sexual assault.
Women and men as victims of sexual assault are treated equally under the law.
Sexual Assault services work with children and adults of both sexes who are victims of sexual assault. They provide:
- Counselling immediately after sexual assault and for any clients who have experienced sexual assault in the past
- Support and information for non-offending parents, other family members and friends
- Follow up support, advocacy, and information regarding legal, media and social issues.
Groups for survivors of sexual assault, including adults, young people and children are sometimes provided depending on caseloads. Consultation and advice for professionals and health staff working with the victim including child or young person who has experienced sexual assault.
Crisis Sexual Assault services are available 24 Hours, 7 days a week through hospital Emergency Departments. This is for those that have been assaulted within the last 5 days. This service can organise medical assistance, a forensic medical examination if required, and counselling and support for the impact of the trauma.
Sexual Assault services are provided at Community Health Centres in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Kempsey to assist anyone who has been subjected to sexual assault. Outreach services are also available.
MNCLHD provides sexual assault services in conjunction with:
Further sexual assault resources are available here:
Services available at these locations
Coffs Harbour Health Campus
345 Pacific Highway,
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450,
02 6656 7200 (business hours) or 6656 7000 (after hours)
Primary and Community Care Building,
119 River St Kempsey
West Kempsey NSW 2440
Phone 02 6561 2790 (business hours) or 02 6561 2600 (after hours)
Macksville Community Health Centre
14-22 Boundary Street,
Macksville NSW 2447
02 6656 7200 (business hours)
Port Macquarie Community Health Centre
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Phone 02 6588 2882 (business hours) or 02 5524 2000 (after hours)