Have you or someone you know experienced sexual assault?

The Victorian Government has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to think of ways to make it easier for people who have been sexually assaulted to get justice. Can you help us?

We use ‘sexual assault’ to mean any sexual activity which someone does not want, including kissing or touching. If you are an adult and have experienced sexual assault (even when you were a child), or helped someone who has, we would like to hear from you:

  • how to make it easier to tell someone what happened
  • how to make it easier to get support
  • how to make it easier to get justice, including through the legal system
  • what you think about options other than the criminal law.

We want to hear from you

We want to hear from you even if you did not tell the police or go to court. We also want to hear from you if you did tell the police or go to court. We also want to hear from people who may find it harder to get the support or justice they need.

You do not need to tell us:

  • any personal information such as your name or anyone else’s name, or your phone or email
  • details about your sexual assault; for example, by telling us what happened.

You can tell us your views using this form. If you want to tell us more, you can write us a submission instead of using this form (find out how to make a submission). You should write a submission if you want to tell us your name, because we cannot take your name, phone or email on this form.

How we will use your answers

We will write a summary of what people have told us using this form. Then we will write a report that tells the Government what we think needs to happen. For example, we can tell the government it should start a new program, continue a program, or change the law. The Government will then decide what to do.

We may publish what you say (for example, your ideas or how you felt about the police), but we won’t publish anything that will reveal who you are. You can also tell us if you want us to use your ideas but not your words.

We cannot provide people who have been sexually assaulted with support. But if you want to talk to a counsellor about what happened or find out what you can do to get justice, these places can help: Get support or legal advice

Our issues papers

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has published eight issues papers about making things easier or better after a sexual assault happens. But you do not have to read the issues papers to respond to the questions here. If you choose to read the issues papers, you can still give us your feedback using the questions in this form.

The justice system and sexual offences - tell us how to make things better

Can you help us tell the Victorian government how to make it easier for people who have been sexually assaulted to get justice?

Sexual assault means when someone gets another person to do something sexually that they didn’t want to do.

If this has happened to you, or someone you know, we want to know what would have made it easier for you to deal with it. We want to hear from you if you are an adult, even if it happened to you years ago or when you were a child.

Did you get the support you needed?
Did you get justice?

Many people do not tell anyone what happened to them when they’ve experienced sexual assault. And they don't report it to the police.
They might not know it is wrong.
They might not know who to tell or what will happen if they do.

What do you think would make it easier to get the right support?

If you spoke to the police, did they understand you?
Did they help you?
Did you get the support you needed?

What would have made it easier?

Some cases go to court.
Some people find the court system confusing and stressful.

You might be interested in other options, like being able to talk to the person who hurt you about what they did, and have them take responsibility.

What else would make things easier or better?

The state government has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to recommend ways to make it easier for people who have been sexually assaulted to get justice.

We need your help.

So we are asking what you think.
You can tell us your views, online.
You don't have to give us your name or personal details. And we don't need to hear about what anyone did to you. We just want to know your point of view about

Telling someone
Getting support
Getting justice.

Please go to the Engage Victoria website and tell us what you think.

Help us make things better for everyone who is sexually assaulted.

Collection Notice

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (the Commission) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The ideas you provide will be used to inform our inquiry on improving the response of the justice system to sexual offences for the Victorian Government, in consultations and in the report. If you consent, we may also publish and quote directly from your response in our summary of consultations and our report, which will be publicly available.
Please do not include personally identifying information in your responses in this form. Responses using this form may be available through the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
More information about the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s privacy policy is available via: https://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/privacy.
As we only seek anonymous responses, you will not be able to access your survey response once it has been submitted. If you have questions regarding the survey, the Commission can be contacted on sexual.offences@lawreform.vic.gov.au.

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