What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Often it is not reported to police because victims feel scared, embarrassed and confused. Sexual assault is never the victim’s “fault”. Sexual assault includes crimes listed in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (“Crimes Act”).


NOTE

The law changed on 1 July 2017 and this chapter makes reference to the legislation from this date onwards.


Sexual offences include rape, sexual assault, threat to commit a sexual assault, incest, bestiality, sexual servitude and sexual offences committed against children and people with a cognitive or mental impairment. Sexual offences are serious crimes and are punishable by between 5 to 25 years imprisonment.

Some sexual offences are included in the Summary Offences Act 1996 (Vic) (“Summary Act”).