While awareness in our community has increased about sexual assault and abuse, it continues to be a major problem with 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men having experienced sexual violence over the age of 15 years (ABS Personal Safety Survey, 2006), and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men being abused as children (Fergusson & Mullen, 1999).
A number of notable and famous people have come forward to tell their stories in the hopes that it will help others to come forward and get support. Survivors of sexual abuse and assault often feel afraid to get support and can wait weeks, months or years to reach out.
The first thing to know is that counselling is confidential and is a safe, non-judgemental space for you to talk. You don’t have to know what to say to come to counselling, and your partner, family and friends will not be involved unless you want them to be.
You have the right to say as little or as much as you want to in counselling, and you will have the power to decide what happens next. For some of our clients, they never want to and never do speak to Police or anybody else about what has happened, for others, they want to and we support them to do so safely.
Counselling can help in many ways, here are a few examples:
We can help you to heal. To make an appointment with one of our caring team members, Get In Touch with us.
Where is Our Abuse and Sexual Assault Service Located?
We are conveniently located 59 Hamilton Street, Craigieburn VIC 3064.
To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256