Sexual assault and sexual harrassment

MIT is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive environment to all students, staff and visitors.

We have a zero-tolerance stance against sexual assault and sexual harassment, and treat reports or concerns seriously and sensitively. Our counselling department has a range of support services for people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment so they can get the help that they need. 

  • Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, including when they have withdrawn their consent. 
  • Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment is not interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are crimes and are not the victim survivor's fault.

MIT has a range of policies and procedures providing a framework to its commitment in providing a safe, respectful and inclusive environment including:

 

Sexual assault and sexual harassment

(Download the fact sheet here)

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent. The act is often perpetrated by someone known to the person and can leave them feeling threatened, uncomfortable or frightened. Sexual assault is a crime and is not the victim’s fault.

Consent must be given and it should be informed and free from intimidation. A person who is asleep or under the influence of drugs or alcohol cannot give informed consent.

Examples of sexual assault:

  • Unwanted touching, hugging, fondling, or kissing
  • Being made to look at, or pose for, pornographic photos
  • Public exposure
  • Voyeurism (e.g. being watched doing intimate things without permission)
  • Incest
  • Rape

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is when a person makes an unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request for sexual favours to another person, and/or engages in any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to another person.

Examples of sexual harassment:

  • Intrusive questions or statements about a person’s private life
  • Repeatedly asking a person for sex or dates
  • Offensive sexual comments or jokes
  • Sexually suggestive behaviour such as leering or staring.

If you experience sexual assault or sexual harassment

If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment, there are some steps you can take.

Seek urgent help if you are in immediate danger

Report the incident

Consider having a medical examination

Seek advice and support

 

Support on campus

Counselling Department

You can access support and advice, request an intervention or report an incident on or off campus with Manager of the Counselling Department.

Melbourne Campus:

t: +61 3 8600 6758

Sydney Campus:

t: +61 2 8600 6402

MIT security services

Contact campus security services for emergencies on campus.

Melbourne Campus:

t +61 3 8600 6723

Sydney Campus:

t: +61 2 8267 1414

Student counselling

If you are struggling with a personal, emotional or mental health difficulty, whether related to your studies or your life away from university, counselling may help. Register and make an appointment with MIT’s counselling services.

Melbourne Campus:

t: +61 3 8600 6723
e: counsellor@mit.edu.au

Sydney Campus:

t: +61 2 8267 1414
e: counsellor.syd@mit.edu.au

 

 

 

Support off-campus

Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)

Specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region.

t: +61 3 9259 4200
w: edvos.org.au

Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Confidential crisis counselling outside business hours.

t: 1800 806 292

National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Service (1300 RESPECT)

24/7 phone and online counselling service for victims of family violence.

t: 1800 737 732
w: www.1800respect.org.au

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

Provides telephone crisis counselling, refuge referral and emergency accommodation within Victoria

t: 1800 015 188

e: safesteps@safesteps.org.au

w: https://www.safesteps.org.au/

Men's Referral Service (No to Violence)

Advice and support for men concerned about their anger or violence towards their family.

t: 1300 766 491
w: ntvmrs.org.au