Support

The safety and security of all Sancta’s students, staff and alumni are the College’s primary concern.

We are committed to providing a college environment that is safe and respectful. Our students must be able to live, work and study in a respectful, safe and supportive community, free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.  We have a zero-tolerance approach to anything otherwise. 

We have initiatives in place to ensure a safe community:

  • The College conducts training and educational initiatives to ensure that students understand that any form of assault and harassment, including sexual violence, is unacceptable.
  • Our resident staff receive regular training in this area.
  • We are a most willing participant in the Broderick Review into College Culture; and these findings are due in late September.
  • A firm commitment to and support for University Australia’s Respect, Now. Always. Campaign.

We welcome the Australia Human Rights Commission and the Broderick Reports as they will ensure our society is safer, more respectful and more inclusive for all. The College will work through all the recommendations to enhance and complement our existing practices.

For many people who have been affected by sexual assault or harassment, there is the potential that the release of these reports will be distressing.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are never the fault – or the responsibility – of the victim. If you are feeling affected or upset in anyway, please contact the Principal, Dr Marie Leech directly on 02 9577 2355 or by email or Vice Principal, Maryanne Pidcock directly on 02 9577 2331 or by email for support or advice.

The NSW Rape Crisis has a 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for anyone affected by sexual assault in NSW. NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017. More information on support services for survivors of sexual assault can be found below. General community support services can be found here

For the majority of our students, past and present, their time at Sancta was/is trouble free and a wonderful experience. We want this to be the case for everyone.

Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault

If you have been sexually assaulted, it is never your fault – support is available.

One of the first steps to take is to ensure your safety. This could mean going to a space that feels safe for you, seeking medical attention and accessing ongoing professional support.

If you need assistance and/or wish to report an incident of sexual violence you can turn to: 

  • Principal (click to email), office phone 02 9577 2100
  • Vice Principal (click to email), office phone 02 9577 2100
  • your RA (after hours call 0419 479 832 for undergrads or 0428 661 157 for postgrads) 
  • Police (call 000)
  • Emergency Services (call 000) 24/7 service to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life threatening or emergency situations.
  • Lifeline crisis support and suicide prevention 13 11 14

There is never any obligation to report an assault. The College Principal and Vice Principal are here to offer you support and assistance. Please do not hesitate to call on their help at anytime.

Here is some information to help you access immediate support on and off campus.

General Contacts

National University Support Line 1800 572 224
1800RESPECT  -1800 737 732
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Medical Attention

RPA Sexual Assault Service (24-Hour Service)
Counselling and medical service to women and men aged 14+ who have been sexually assaulted. Limited services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are available.
Ground Floor, KGV Building,
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital,
Missenden Rd, Camperdown, 2050
T: (02) 9515 9040
After-hours: (02) 9515 6111

  • Lifeline crisis support and suicide prevention 13 11 14

INFORMATION ON University Services

A 24-hour support line for university sexual assault victims has been launched by Universities Australia, the contact number is 1800 572 224

University of Sydney

  • University of Sydney Campus Security
    Provides 24/7 response and assistance with safety planning and keeps confidential records of each sexual assault reported to Campus Security.
    T: 1800 SYD HLP (1800 793 457), option 1
    T: (02) 9351 3333 (Emergencies)
  • Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    Provides free one-on-one counselling if you have survived sexual assault and helps connect you with relevant support options.
    Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building,
    City Road, University of Sydney
    9am-4pm (Mon-Fri)
    T: 02 8627 8433
    T: 1800 SYD HLP (1800 793 457), option 2, then option 2 again, to book an appointment with CAPS
  • University Health Services (UHS)
    Provides medical services (not including forensic exams) in a caring, safe, and confidential space.
    Level 3, Wentworth Building,
    Butlin Avenue, University of Sydney
    8:30am-5pm, (Mon-Fri)
    T: (02) 9351 3484
    sydney.edu.au/health-service/services

  • General Support

  • General Health and Wellbeing

  • Mental Health Support and Counselling

  • Sexual Assault

 

UTS

 

University of Notre Dame Sydney

 

Recent Reports in this Area

The Australian Human Rights Centre, on 1 August 2017, released a report: Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment on Australian Universities.  It is the most comprehensive report of its kind.

On 3 Augusr 2017, The Australian Human Rights Centre released another report, On Safe Ground, Strengthening Australian University Responses to sexual assault and harassment, which demonstrates the need for concerted multifaceted national action to address and prevent university sexual assault and harassment. Importantly, in undertaking this critical work, Australian universities must acknowledge the essential contribution of the student voice in exposing, managing and reducing sexual violence. None of this work can occur without a sustained commitment from Australian universities to actively promote a culture that supports gender equality, social diversity and inclusivity, and contributes to a hospitable and productive learning environment.  

Sancta is working hard to ensure we have create a safe environment for all our students and look forward to continuing our work with the Broderick Project and the university.