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1 SASS I Think I ve Been Sexually Assaulted......What Can I Do Now?

2 We hope you find this information useful. If you decide you do not need it any more, you can return it to SASS and then we can hand it on to another person to read. You can make arrangements to drop it in to SASS at either Galileo House, 73 Federal Street, North Hobart or Melaleuca House, Campbell Street, Hobart or post it to PO BOX 217 North Hobart We would appreciate any feedback regarding this booklet or other SASS publications or service delivery. Suggested further reading: Surviving the Legal System - Dr Caroline Taylor, published by Coulomb Communications, 2004 This booklet has been developed by the Sexual Assault Support Service Inc. PO Box 217 North Hobart Tasmania 7002 Telephone (03) Facsimile (03) /7 response and counselling line (03) (after hours) Reprint 2012

3 Contents The Sexual Assault Support Service Inc...6 What is SASS....6 SASS Services....6 How can SASS help me?...8 What are my choices?....8 What are my rights?...9 Confidentiality at SASS:...10 Interpreters: What is sexual assault?...10 Sexual assault can be:...10 Police Offences Act 1935:...11 Criminal Code Act 1924:...11 About consent to a sexual act:...12 Rape within partnerships and marriage:...13 Effects of sexual assault...13 Physical Effects:...13 Psychological effects and coping mechanisms: Externalising:...14 Social effects:...14 If you have been sexually assaulted you may be feeling The Sexual Assault Medical Service (SAMS) Unit:...15 Forensic examination...15 What happens when I have a forensic examination?...16 What if I have had a shower or eaten?...16 Medical examination:...16 Medical follow-up:

4 (Contents Continued) Reporting the sexual assault:...17 What kinds of police statements are there?...17 An Information Report:...18 Making a Formal Statement (or Statement of Complaint):...18 Some helpful hints for making your statement:...18 What happens after I have made a Formal Complaint?...19 Victim Impact Statements:...20 What is a Victim Impact Statement?...20 The Director of Public Prosecutions: (DPP)...20 Court information:...21 Why am I needed in court?...21 Will the accused be in court?...21 Vulnerable Witnesses?...21 Will the public be allowed in?...22 Do I tell the court my name and address?...22 Court Hearings: The Preliminary Proceedings:...22 A Typical Magistrate s Court...23 The Supreme Court:...24 The Trial: How long will the trial take? Am I allowed into court for the whole trial?...24 Will my expenses be paid?

5 (Contents Continued) Giving Evidence:...25 How should I give my evidence?...25 Some helpful hints for giving evidence:...25 What sort of questions will be asked?...26 What do I need to know about cross-examination?...26 Will the accused have to give evidence?...26 Can the prosecution tell the jury about any convictions the accused has had for rape or any other offence?...26 Verdict: What happens if the accused is found guilty?...27 Can the accused appeal against the guilty verdict?...27 The Victims Register:...27 What is the Victims Register? Can I go on the Register?...28 Compensation:...28 What types of compensation are available?...28 How do I claim Criminal Injuries Compensation?...28 Civil Remedy...29 How long does it take to process an application?...29 Hearing Preferences:...29 Myths and facts about sexual assault:...29 Glossary: Contacts

6 The Sexual Assault Support Service Inc SASS believes that: Sexual abuse is an abuse of power and a betrayal of trust No person ever deserves to be sexually violated A person who sexually abuses another person is responsible for their behaviour What is SASS. SASS is a community-based service for survivors of sexual assault and it is based on the belief that sexual assault can be a crime and is always an abuse of human rights. SASS is committed to the provision of a high quality service that empowers survivors of sexual assault. This service is offered to people of all ages, religions, cultures, sexual orientation, abilities and from all walks of life. SASS also works towards the elimination of sexual violence and encourages respectful relationships. SASS is government funded and provides free counselling and support services. SASS Services 24/7 Rape Crisis Response SASS provides a 24 hour a day support and information service regarding available choices to victims of recent rape or sexual assault, their family and support people including whether and how to: report the crime to Police have a Forensic Medical Examination (FME), medical checkup or access emergency contraception access ongoing counseling and support SASS then coordinates and facilitates the implementation of the person s chosen course of action and offers ongoing support to the victim and their family and friends. People can access this service directly on (24/7) or be referred by other services including the RHH, Police, GP s or other community services. 6

7 24/7 Response and Counselling Line SASS provides a 24/7 phone support and counselling service to people of all genders and ages who have been sexually abused at any time of their lives; the parents or carers of children who have been abused; the partners of people who have been abused, and professionals who are assisting people who have experienced sexual abuse. This service can be used by people who have never before accessed a SASS service or by current or past clients. People can access this service directly on (24/7) or be referred by other services. Counselling and Case Management SASS provides face to face information, support, counselling, and referral services for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or assault at any time during their life regardless of whether the perpetrator was a relative, friend, acquaintance or stranger. People accessing the counselling and case management service will initially meet with an Intake Worker who will help identify your needs and the type of assistance that you want. You will be provided with information about the type of help available at SASS and other relevant services. You may also be provided with practical information about such things as anxiety reduction, improving your sleep, or helping your child if they are having difficulties. If you are offered and choose to access counselling at SASS you will be referred to one of our qualified counsellors for ongoing counselling. This service can be used by anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, their family or support people, and other professionals assisting people who have experienced such abuse. People can access this service directly on or during business hours or be referred by other services. Other services include: Individual and group programs and support for children who have been sexually abused or are displaying problem sexualised behaviour (0-12 years old) and their families/carers. 7

8 SASS provides assistance with police statements, victim impact statements, criminal injuries reports, forensic examinations, court support and telephone counselling. Support for non-abusing caregivers and support people. Community Education: Community education and training plays an important role at SASS. Education and training is offered to a diverse range of people including school students, teachers, parents and carers, police recruits, nursing staff, social workers, guidance officers, doctors etc. How can SASS help me? If you have experienced an assault the role of a worker from SASS is to act as your advocate, to support you and provide as much information as possible. We provide information about the process of reporting sexual assault, SASS role, your rights, options available to you and the implications of these options. What are my choices? Face-to-face support to talk through options in more detail Immediate medical attention/information without examination (e.g. for emergency contraception) Medical examination (often for reassurance) Forensic medical examination when you are not sure if you want to report the assault Forensic medical examination and reporting to the police Making an information report to the police Making a Formal Complaint to the police ongoing support and counselling from SASS Any combination of the above Do nothing Change your mind 8

9 What are my rights? To be provided with information, support and advocacy to maximise your options when making decisions about legal, medical and support services To have an interpreter with you if needed To be treated in a sympathetic and supportive manner, with due regard to your personal health, rights, dignity and safety To be accompanied by a support person of your choice To have your confidentiality and privacy safeguarded. To make your own choices about having or refusing any form of care or treatment To give informed consent for any procedure To withdraw consent for any procedure at any time without duress, even after previously giving informed consent. We believe at SASS that if you have survived a sexual assault you are a strong, resourceful person who has the right to be treated with respect. Sexual assault is an overwhelming and frightening experience and can lead to a variety of problems and conflicting feelings. Talking about your feelings can help you to understand them. There are some good reasons for telling someone about the assault. It can help you to: Get support to regain control over your own life Break down the secrecy around sexual assault Believe that it was not your fault Stop the assault recurring You can use SASS even if you decide not to report the assault to the police. Can I really do it or can I really not do it? 9

10 Confidentiality at SASS: Any contact will be kept strictly private and confidential unless: We have your permission to do otherwise There is a risk to your safety or the safety of others (It should be noted that SASS is mandated to report to the Department of Health and Human Services when a person under the age of 18 has been abused or is at risk of abuse.) Interpreters: If English is not your first language and you are worried that you will have difficulty following any part of what may occur as a result of the sexual assault, an interpreter can be made available to you. The interpreter can be with you during the medical process, statement taking, counselling, and court hearing. The police, the hospital, SASS or the Public Prosecutions Office can arrange an interpreter. This service is free. What is sexual assault? Sexual assault can be: Someone touching, fondling or kissing you when you don t want them to Being made to look at pornographic films, magazines or photos or being forced to pose while someone takes pictures of you or films you Someone forcing you to perform sexual acts Someone masturbating you or forcing you to masturbate them or being forced to take part in oral sex A person raping you or trying to rape you when they put or try to put a penis or any other object into your vagina, anus or mouth. I was sick of getting hurt all the time. It was the only way out. I was hoping for protection. 10

11 The following laws make sexual assault an offence Police Offences Act 1935: Indecent Exposure Assault with Indecent Intent Criminal Code Act 1924: Rape: Any person who has anal, vaginal or oral sexual intercourse with another person without that person s consent is guilty of a crime. Aggravated sexual assault: A person who unlawfully and indecently assaults another person by penetration of the vagina, genitalia or anus of that other person by (a) Any part of the human body other than the penis; or (b) An inanimate object - is guilty of a crime. Indecent assault: Any person who unlawfully and indecently assaults another person is guilty of a crime. Sexual intercourse with young person: Any person who has unlawful sexual intercourse with another person who is under the age of 17 years is guilty of a crime if that person is more than 5 years older than the person with whom they had sexual intercourse. Maintaining sexual relationship with young person: A person who maintains a sexual relationship with a young person who is under the age of 17 years, and to whom he or she is not married is guilty of a crime; if, during a particular period when the young person was under the age of 17 years the accused committed an unlawful sexual act in relation to the young person on at least 3 occasions. It is not necessary to prove the dates on which any of the unlawful sexual acts were committed. 11

12 Permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person on premises Indecent act with a young person Incest Permitting incest Sexual intercourse with a person with a mental impairment. About consent to a sexual act: The law says that you could not have freely agreed (consented) if: You were asleep or unconscious, or had been drinking or taking drugs and you were not aware of what was going on, Your attacker had used or threatened to use force against you or someone else, You thought that what was happening was for medical reasons; for example, if a doctor gave you an internal examination which had nothing to do with your illness, The person held you against your will - by taking you away, keeping you somewhere, or locking you in a room, You were afraid of the person and what they might have done to you or someone else. The person held a position of authority in relationship to you. The person presented themselves as someone else. (see the Criminal Code; Sexual Offences Act 1987, Section 2: A (2)) I didn t want to see this happen to anyone else. I couldn t live with it if I did nothing. He was dangerous. 12

13 Rape within partnerships and marriage: Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour. This is still true if the person imposing the sexual behaviour is a stranger, a friend or acquaintance, a partner, or a husband/wife. In all states of Australia, sexual assault or rape within marriage is a crime. It is estimated that one of the most common forms of rape is a husband assaulting his wife. You might think: It s my duty Fact: You have a right to choose whether or not you engage in sexual activity. If you do not freely consent to a sexual act, but your partner pressures or forces you, it s rape. My partner needs sex Fact: The reason for rape is not sexual satisfaction. The rapist wants to control and humiliate another person. Rape is an act of violence. Rape is not sex. Rape is being forced to have sex. Effects of sexual assault It is important to remember we are all individuals and we respond to trauma in a variety of ways. Some of the effects listed may be similar to those you are experiencing and some may be different. Physical Effects: Injuries from violent assaults Chance of HIV/AIDS infection and other sexually transmitted diseases Pregnancy Infertility 13

14 Psychological effects and coping mechanisms: Guilt, shame, self blaming Loss of self-esteem, poor body image Eating problems/disorders Self harming Medicating the pain through drug and/or alcohol dependence Depression Panic attacks Sleeplessness Nervousness Externalising: Acting out Violence towards others Anger Flashbacks and nightmares Social effects: Alienation from social networks - cultural groups, religious groups Interruptions to, or stopping of, education or employment Family spilt-ups Homelessness Increased risk- taking behaviour If you have been sexually assaulted You may be feeling... Shock/disbelief I never thought this could happen to me Fear Will the perpetrator hurt me again? Anger How dare they do this to me? Shame How can I show my face again? Guilt If only I hadn t... Betrayed But I trusted them Numb I feel so hollow Worried about your future Will my life ever be the same? Suicidal - Life is not worth living Remember: if you have been sexually assaulted it is not your fault! 14

15 The Sexual Assault Medical Service (SAMS) Unit: The SAMS Unit is located within the Royal Hobart Hospital. It is a hospital suite that is kept locked and is only used for examinations conducted as a result of sexual assault. It is private and confidential. The doctors and nursing staff are on call 24 hours a day. To access this service you can ring SASS on (24 hours a day) or go directly to the hospital and they will contact SASS for you. You can still use this medical service even if you decide that you don t want to report to the police. You have the right to choose or refuse any examination offered. No examination will be performed unless you are willing to proceed, except in a medical emergency. Forensic examination A forensic examination can only be performed at the SAMS Unit. The purpose of this examination is to gather evidence, not to prove or disprove whether a sexual assault has occurred. It is not the role of the doctor to determine whether an offence has been committed. A forensic examination is very important in the gathering of evidence that may be used later if the case goes to court. Because there are many implications for a person who submits to a forensic examination, such as police and legal involvement, you will be required to sign a specific consent form before this examination is undertaken. Ideally forensic examinations are performed within 72 hours of the sexual assault, but may, under some circumstances, be performed up to a week later. the more time there is between the assault and the examination, the less likely it is that useful evidence will be found. A SASS worker can attend/provide support at SAMS 15

16 What happens when I have a forensic examination? The Doctor is required to write, in your words, a summary of events, including a history. This will mean a range of questions being asked in relation to the sexual assault, many of a personal nature. The examination will take place with the doctor and a nurse present. The doctor will be looking for evidence of the sexual assault such as bruising, scratches and other markings. Oral, vaginal and anal swabs may be taken as relevant to the sexual assault. The clothes you were wearing at the time of the sexual assault may be needed for evidence. In this case you will be provided with replacement clothes and footwear at this time. It is not necessary for a police officer to be present during the forensic examination. However, police attendance is required after the examination if you decide to report the assault, so that the evidence can be legally documented and handed directly to them. The forensic evidence will be destroyed if you do not wish to take the case further. You may have a forensic examination regardless of whether you have decided to report the assault or not. The evidence can be stored for up to 3 months while you make a decision regarding reporting. What if I have had a shower or eaten? It is advised that you don t shower, go to the toilet (where possible), eat, drink, or clean your teeth if you wish to have a forensic examination, as these actions may disturb or even remove some or all of the forensic evidence. Although you may have had a shower, gone to the toilet or cleaned your teeth, a forensic examination may still assist in evidence gathering. Medical examination: You may only wish to be examined to ensure that there is no damage or injury that requires treatment. An examination for these purposes does not need to be done immediately. You can arrange for it to be carried out by your own doctor or at Family Planning or a Health Centre. You may also be anxious about the possibility of pregnancy and may want emergency contraception. This needs to be taken within 72 hours if possible and can be given to you at the Royal Hobart Hospital. 16

17 Medical follow-up: You may be concerned about the possibility of the transmission of various forms of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as a result of the assault. Testing in the 72 hours after the assault is not routine unless you think that you may already have an infection. The doctors who are trained to work in the SAMS Unit run a clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital, where you can go for a follow-up medical check and STI tests. You can also have these tests performed by your own GP, at Family Planning, the Sexual Health Unit or at a location of your choice. If you are concerned about STIs, the examining doctor can provide you with antibiotics at the time of the examination to help prevent the transmission of some infections. Reporting the sexual assault: The Tasmania Police are responsible for the investigation of crime. They fulfil this responsibility by investigating reported incidents and gathering evidence from victims, witnesses, suspects, offenders and other physical and/or scientific sources. The CIB and/or Victims of Crime Unit s senior officers will undertake the investigation. Although sexual assault is a crime, the choice about whether to proceed with a complaint to the police should always lie with you. Although the process of participating in a police investigation and court proceedings can be traumatic, receiving formal recognition that a crime has been commited may be extremely important to you. A SASS worker can provide information in an unbiased manner to assist you in deciding whether or not it is in your interests to proceed with a formal complaint at this time. If you have decided to report the assault and have a forensic examination, the examination may be performed first as this usually has time constraints. If you have had a forensic examination, and you want to take the matter further, the police will then require a formal statement from you. What kinds of police statements are there? You have a choice as to making an Information Report or a Formal Statement of Complaint to the police. An Information Report will not allow the police to take further action, whereas the Formal Statement of Complaint allows the police to investigate and prosecute the offender. 17

18 An Information Report: If you don t feel comfortable making a formal complaint you can report the assault informally to the police. This can also be used as an opportunity to discuss making a formal report if you are unsure. In the case of making an information report, you can provide the police with as many or few details of the incident as you feel comfortable with. You can phone the police or make a time to see someone in person. The officer will take the details that you choose to provide. The details won t be compiled into a statement, and the police won t investigate the allegations. Nor will the allegations be used in court. Information reports are often used in cases where repeat or serial offenders are operating, and act to give the police a broader picture than they would otherwise have had. Making an information report is a way of ensuring the police have access to certain information. Making a Formal Statement (or Statement of Complaint): What will the police want to know? The police officer will ask for details of the sexual assault, where it occurred, whether you know the alleged offender, specific details of what happened, and if you gave your consent. This process can take some time, as all your responses will be written down. At the end you will be asked to sign your statement, which includes an agreement by you to appear as a witness if the matter proceeds to court. The police will give you a copy of your statement. If they haven t, ask for one. If you recollect information after the statement is completed you can contact the Sexual Crime Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Some helpful hints for making your statement: Use your own language Make your statement as clear and concise as possible Restrict your statement to what you actually remember Do not be afraid to ask the police questions 18

19 Write some notes before making your statement so that your thoughts are in order and you feel more relaxed. If you can t remember much about the assault, jot down things such as the season or time of day the assault occurred, as well as anything else that may help jog your memory. Have a support person and/or a SASS worker present You can take breaks during the statement taking process as often as you need to. The police should inform you of the outcome of the investigation. If the case doesn t continue, you can arrange with the police officer conducting the case to have your clothing and/or belongings returned to you. What happens after I have made a Formal Complaint? After making your statement detectives will investigate your complaint, gather evidence and interview the accused person and any other witnesses. The accused is under no obligation to respond to police questioning. The accused person may be charged at this point under the Police Offences Act or the Criminal Code Act. If the charge is under the Police Offences Act then the accused will be required to appear in the Magistrates Court, where the Prosecution Services of Tasmania Police have responsibility for the proceedings. In most cases, the Police Prosecution Services prepare and prosecute the case. Sometimes a Prosecutor is appointed from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is assigned to conduct the proceedings. If the charge is under the Criminal Code all the evidence is sent by Police to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to be viewed and a decision made as to the possibility of the case going to court. This will depend on the strength of the evidence provided. Charges may be altered by the DPP depending on what action will be taken, if any, and a lawyer from the DPP s office will make an appointment to see you and go through your evidence in preparation for Court proceedings. You can keep yourself advised about the progress of your case by contacting the Witness Assistance Service at the DPP ( ). The accused will appear once a month in the Court (a remand day) until the case is finished. These appearances exist to show the accused 19

20 has not left the state to avoid prosecution and ensure the accused is told of trial date when it is set. They believed me. I was believed. Victim Impact Statements: What is a Victim Impact Statement? A Victim Impact Statement (VIS) is your opportunity to advise the court of the various ways that the crime/s has affected you. It is entirely up to you to decide if you wish to make a statement. It is used in court if the offender pleads guilty or is found guilty by the court. It is presented to the Judge or Magistrate in writing before sentencing. You have a choice of three options: 1. The VIS can simply be handed to the Judge or Magistrate so that he/ she can read your statement. 2. You can read the statement aloud, to the court. 3. You can request someone (generally the prosecutor) to read it aloud on your behalf. SASS and the Witness Assistance Service can assist you in writing your statement. It is important that the statement is in your own words, signed and dated. The Director of Public Prosecutions: (DPP) After the police have finished investigating they will pass the files to the DPP. A prosecutor from the DPP will be appointed to handle the case. The case is presented as The State of Tasmania vs. the perpetrator. You are a witness for the Crown you do not need your own lawyer. If, at any stage, the defendant pleads guilty, you may not be required to make further court appearances. It is possible that even after an accused has pleaded guilty that some evidence might have to be called if the accused still disputes any of the facts alleged by the prosecution. These facts could be relevant to the sentence the Judge hands down. There may be two (or more) court hearings; there may be a hearing called Preliminary Proceedings, as well as the Committal and the Trial. 20

21 Ideally you will have the same Crown Prosecutor for any hearings. The lawyer will talk to you before any hearing and explain what is required of you. Victims of sexual crimes are not obliged to give evidence at the Committal Court of Petty Sessions unless a Magistrate finds special reasons for you to do so. Court information: Will the suspect get bail and can the bail decision be changed? Every one charged with a crime has the right to be granted bail, unless there are good reasons why they should be kept in custody pending the hearing of the charges against them. Therefore the accused may get bail or be kept in custody. A person may apply to a Magistrate or to the Criminal Court if circumstances change. If you are afraid for your safety, particularly if threats have been made against you or others, or you are concerned at any time about terms of bail you should contact the police officer in charge of the investigation or the Witness Assistance Service if the matter has moved to the Criminal Court. Why am I needed in court? In most Preliminary Proceedings and in all trials, witnesses are called to give evidence in court. As the person who has had a crime committed against you, you are a key witness. You will be referred to in court as the complainant. As a complainant it is only in special circumstances that you can be asked to give evidence in Preliminary Proceedings. Note: the defence (and occasionally the prosecution) may request Preliminary Proceedings; these are not automatically granted. Will the accused be in court? Yes, the accused will be there and will most likely be represented by a lawyer. If the accused does not have a lawyer you might be asked questions by the accused. This happens rarely. The accused need not give evidence. Vulnerable Witnesses? There are vulnerable witness facilities which are available as required if approved by the presiding judge. 21

22 Will the public be allowed in? The public may be allowed in the Magistrate s Court and the Supreme Court is generally an open court where the victim is an adult. The court has discretion to restrict the disclosure of personal information. Courts in Tasmania are open to the public unless the Judge makes an order that the court be closed this is a rare occurrence. Do I tell the court my name and address? Normally you will be asked to state your name and address, but your address will be kept confidential; sometimes you may be asked your occupation at the beginning of your evidence. If you are worried about this you should let the Prosecutor know beforehand. You may be able to give this information in writing. Court Hearings: The trial of serious criminal matters will be heard in the Supreme Court. The Preliminary Proceedings: It is possible that the defence may request a Preliminary Proceeding in which they may be granted permission by the judge to question some witnesses on specific issues. Victims of sexual crimes are not obliged to give evidence in such Proceedings unless there are exceptional circumstances. These proceedings are held in the Magistrate s Court. A committal hearing is held before a Magistrate only. If the accused enters a plea of guilty you will not have to appear in any Court at all. If the accused does not plead guilty a hearing may take place in which the Defence may hear the evidence against the accused. Again, the accused s lawyer can apply for a preliminary hearing. Normally, (unless there are some exceptional circumstances about the case) you will not give evidence in the Magistrate s Court. The DPP then has to decide whether or not to proceed; the test for this is whether there is a reasonable prospect of conviction. Overall this can be a complicated process and the Witness Assistance Service will help explain the legal procedures. 22

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