- Information for survivors
- Supporter Community
Western's Respect. Now. Always. Campaign
- - Western's Change the Course survey findings
- - International student brochure in Simplified Chinese PDF
- - International student brochure in Nepalese PDF
- - International student brochure in Spanish PDF
- - International student brochure in Vietnamese PDF
- - International student brochure in English PDF
- - RNA Breaking the Silence A2
- - RNA Stand Up x 3
- - International student brochure Arabic PDF
- - International student brochure Portuguese
- - Sexual Offences Reporting Portal Information
- - Sexual Offences Reporting Portal - Frequently Asked Questions
- - Principles for Respectful Supervisory Relationships
- - Respect Now Always postcard
- - Safe Card RNA
- - Postcard RNA 2020
- - Key Student Initiatives
- - RNA Fact Sheet
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- - STUS0130_Respectful_A3_Poster_2.jpg
- - VCGERRAC Terms of Reference
- Supporting a friend: Responding to disclosures of sexual and gendered violence
- Bystander power
- International students
- Language and accessibility options
- Sexual harassment
- Change the Course Implementation 2021
- Sexual Offences Reporting Portal image
- We Are Here to Support You image
Western's Respect. Now. Always. Campaign
Respect Now Always and Respectful Relationships are Western's sexual harm prevention programs. We are accountable to and coordinated by our Vice Chancellor's Gender Equity and Respectful Relationships Advisory Committee.
- See Western's 2017 Change the Course data
- Find our 2021 National Student Safety Survey data
- Western's progress to Change The Course (as of June 2021)
- Here is our progress to key measures identified in the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority's 2019 Overview of Australian Higher Education Responses to the Issue of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
- Western is committed to the Australian Council of Graduate Research's Principles for Respectful Supervisory Relationships and runs Respectful Research Cultures training within the Graduate Research School.
Be part of the change
- Email us to collaborate. Partnerships is how we make lasting impact
- Click here (opens in a new window) to learn more about our key student partnerships
- Follow us on WesternLife or Instagram (opens in a new window)
- Become a Respect Now Always Student Ambassador (opens in a new window)
Feel free to download and share these materials, and email us for hardcopies
We Support You student facing resource
No Wrong Door staff facing resource for responding to disclosures
Respect Now Always international student brochures:
- Simplified Chinese 中文
- Arabic اللغة العربية
- Nepalese मैथिली, মৈথিলী
- Spanish Español
- Vietnamese Tiếng Việt
- Portuguese Português
- Respect Now Always postcard
- Respect Now Always safe card
- Sexual assault support brochure
- 2019 poster series 1 and 2
- 2021 Report and Support campaign
Sexual Offences Reporting Portal
The Sexual Offences Reporting Portal (opens in a new window) was created as part of Western's Respect.Now.Always. campaign.
The portal is for reporting any sexual offence, meaning a sexual activity that was unwanted, not consented to or that made a person feel uncomfortable. The portal securely captures all reports for investigation by the Complaints Resolution Unit. The portal is not intended to replace emergency services.
The portal accepts anonymous*, witnesses and bystander reports.
*In anonymous reports users are reminded that the lack of identifying detail may limit the university’s potential actions.
For more information about the portal, visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (opens in a new window) page.
This page contains working definitions of common terms used in Western Sydney University's Respect. Now. Always. campaign. For more, see Western's policies, especially the Sexual Offences Response Policy and Procedures (opens in a new window) and Sexual Harassment Prevention policy (opens in a new window).
To suggest a term, please let us know
- Consent means to freely and knowingly agree to something.
- Sexual behaviour without consent is a crime. This includes non-consensual sharing of explicit images (such as revenge porn).
- People need to understand what is happening to give consent. So, they can't consent to sexual activity if they are:
- under significant influence of drugs or alcohol
- asleep or unconscious
- confused / unaware / do not understand what is happening
- fearful for their safety
- under 16
- Support services such as 1800 RESPECT (opens in a new window) can help you understand your role in providing consent.
- See what NSW Law says here (opens in a new window).
- More info here (opens in a new window)
- Gender equality
- Gender equality refers to the equal access of resources among genders. Gender equality may be seen as an end goal. Western is proud (opens in a new window) of its stance and many approaches to gender equality.
- Gender equity
- Gender equity refers to the fair allocation of resources among genders to ensure full access to a range of opportunities.
- Sexual touching
- Sexual touching is a crime which refers to touching (or threatening to touch) a person's body in a sexual manner without the consent of the other person.
- It includes unwanted touching of a person's breast, bottom or genitals Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (opens in a new window)
- Sexual touching is sometimes called indecent assault.
- Positive intervention
- Positive intervention means safely calming conflict between others. This can be done directly, or through delegation or distraction. Find out more here (opens in a new window).
- Rape is a term commonly used to describe non-consensual sex. Local law recognises a range of related crimes which Western calls sexual offences (opens in a new window).
- Safety plan
- A safety plan refers to the many ways a person acts to keep safe in public. Safety plans are common among women and LGBTIQ+ people because they are more likely to feel vulnerable. This might include walking in well-lit areas only, or pretending to be on the phone. Safety plans indicate imbalances (unfairness) in our community.
- Sexual Assault
- Any person who has sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of the other person and who knows that the other person does not consent to the sexual intercourse is liable to imprisonment for 14 years. NSW Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) section 61I (opens in a new window)
- Sexual assault can happen to people of any age, gender, culture or sexual orientation.
- Sexual assault is never the responsibility of the person who has been assaulted.
- Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone known to the person.
- People committing the crime of sexual assault often use tactics to make a person feel responsible for the sexual assault. This can make it frightening for someone to have the courage to reach out for help.
- Click here for AUSLAN information (opens in a new window) by Deaf Services QLD / Living Well
- Sexual Harassment (opens in a new window)
- Sexual harassment is (non-physical) sexual behaviour which a reasonable person would consider offensive, intimidating (scary) or humiliating in the circumstances - Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). (opens in a new window)
- Sexual harassment is focused on the effect of the behaviour, not the intention.
- Staff and students who engage in sexual harassment are breaking their respective Codes of Conduct and liable to punitive measures.
- Western has zero tolerance for sexual harassment in our community.
- Sexual Offences (opens in a new window)
- Sexual offences are the words used at Western to refer to sexual acts committed without consent.
- Sexual offences are against the law and are a crime under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (opens in a new window).
- Trauma-informed care
- Trauma-informed care is a way to support people (also called survivors) who have been through something difficult. The survivor and their experience is at the centre of any response - whether that be administrative or interpersonal.
- Trauma-informed care involves strength-based and empowerment principles, thereby fostering decision-making and choice without judgement.
- This is sometimes also called victim-centric or survivor-centric care.