Have you recently been sexually assaulted?

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How WestCASA can help

Counselling to help you deal with your feelings about what has happened and any concerns or problems you may have because of the assault.

Information about common difficulties people experience after an assault and how to manage these.

Information about your legal options.

Assistance with the legal process such as liaising with police, preparing to be a witness and organising support for you in court.

Referrals to doctors who are sensitive to the needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted.

Counsellors who will listen, believe and support you.

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WestCASA is one of 252 non-profit organisations that are taking a stand in support of marriage equality.

Key dates to keep in mind:
Friday 27 October – Recommended date to send your survey back by.
Tuesday 7 November – Final cut-off date to send your survey back by.
Wednesday 15 November – results announced.

#MeToo campaign

If you or someone you know is feeling affected or overwhelmed by the #MeToo campaign that is circulating on social media currently it is a good chance to stop and check in with yourself. Here are some tips:

  • If you have experienced some type of sexual abuse or harassment in your life, make sure you feel comfortable and in control of the choice about whether to post the hashtag/make a disclosure or not. It is only you that should be making that decision, if you feel pressured into a particular choice it is probably worth having a chat with a friend, family member or calling us at WestCASA. It’s important to know there is no right or wrong choice.
  • Take some time out from social media if you are feeling triggered or overwhelmed. Give yourself permission to turn off your phone, iPad or computer or not to jump onto facebook for a period of time.
  • Let someone close to you, that you trust, know how you are feeling. You don’t need to go into any details or disclosures if you don’t want to. Sometimes just letting a supportive person know can feel enough. It is ok to ask for what you need.
  • Choose to practice good self-care. Do things which turn your attention away from this and that help bring you more positive feelings. It may be playing with your pet, listening to music, going for a walk, reading a book etc.

WestCASA counsellors care and are here to provide support to you and/or your friends and family during this time.
You can call and have a chat to one of our trained and experienced sexual assault counsellors on Ph: 9687 5811 Monday – Friday (9-5pm).
If you call outside of these hours the Sexual Assault Crisis Line counsellors will be available to provide support.

Brilliant video which talks to Koori youth about healthy relationships...

Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (FVPLS) Victoria is proud to launch a Victorian State Government funded video which talks to Koori youth about healthy relationships.

The animated video points out that unhealthy behaviours can happen in any relationship. The important thing is to draw on the strength of your support network.

> FVPLS Facebook Page

WestCASA is committed to the safety of all children in the community. We recognise our specific legal and duty of care obligations to mitigate the risk of harm to young people aged 12 to 18 years who use our service directly and younger children as siblings and family members of adult service users. WestCASA has systems, policies and processes that ensure we are a child safe organisation.