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.
  • A firm commitment to and support for Universities 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 any way, please contact the Principal, Fiona Hastings directly on 02 9577 2155 or by email or Vice Principal, Brigid Carrigan directly on 02 9577 2131 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. 

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 – office phone 02 9577 2100
  • Vice Principal – 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 – provides individuals experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services. 
  • 1800 RESPECT – 24/7 counselling and support services for individuals who have experienced or are at risk of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
    T: 1800 737 732
  • NSW Rape Crisis – 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for anyone who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, domestic or family violence and their non-offending supporters.
    T: 1800 424 017
  • Domestic Violence Line – 24/7 telephone counselling, information and referrals for women and same-sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
    T: 1800 656 463
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services domestic-violence-line
    Wirringa Baiya  – Support for women and children who are experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault.
    T: 1800 686 587
  • 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

 

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 any time.

 

General Contacts

  • Headspace – has online and telephone services for young people 12-25 years.
  • Beyond Blue – has a wide range of information and resources about mental health, including online forums and a 24-hour phone service.
  • Black Dog Institute – has practical resources to help you as well as services you can access.
  • ReachOut – offers practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.   
  • Lifeline – provides individuals experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services. 
  • Health Info Net – Information about services for Indigenous Australians, including domestic and family violence and sexual assault services
  • QLife – provides free telephone and web-based counselling, referrals and support groups for LGBTI people and their families on matters of sexuality and life issues.
    T: 1800 184 527 (5:30pm-10:30pm 7 days)
  • Translating & Interpreting Service – The telephone Translators and Interpreters Service (TIS National) is available free of charge.
    T: 13 14 50
  • National Relay Service (NRS) -The NRS is an Australia-wide phone service for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
    TTY/voice calls: 13 36 77;
    Speak & Listen: 1300 555 727;
    SMS relay: 0423 677 767

 

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 August 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.