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 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, or the Student Equity and Wellbeing counsellors can assist people to access support, and/or make a Report or Complaint in line with the Sexual Assault Procedures.