Sexual assault is any unwanted or forced sexual activity without a person's consent.
Assault occurs when a person:
- Touches another person inappropriately without their consent – groping is a form of sexual assault
- Forces another person against their will to commit an act of gross indecency – a sexual act that does not involve penetration, for example a person forces another person to touch their genitals
- Forces another person to see an act of gross indecency, for example the person masturbates in front of the other person.
Rape is the most serious form of sexual assault – forcing someone to have sexual intercourse without his or her consent. Rape includes forcing someone to perform oral sex, digital penetration, and inserting any object into the vulva, vagina or anus of another person without their consent.
Sexual Misconduct Officers
Sexual Misconduct Officers provide a single point of contact at JCU for a person who has been subject to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault, or to the manager or person supporting that person. Sexual Misconduct Officers can assist people to access support, and/or make a Report or Complaint.
Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct to JCU
Who can make a Report
Report an incident that you have been subjected to. You are able to, but do not have to, identify yourself or the other people involved in the incident. You are able to provide as much or as little information as you feel comfortable to share.
Report an incident that someone has disclosed to you, (that is, you are a first responder). You should advise the person who has disclosed to you that you are providing a report. You must NOT provide details that could identify the person unless you have their consent to do so.
Report an incident that you are aware of through other means, for example, you were a bystander, or have been made aware of indirectly, (such as sexual harassment that happened to someone else in a lecture that you attended, or a sexual assault being shared on social media) you can provide any details without approaching or contacting the people who are directly impacted or involved.