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Sexual assault and sexual harassment

Sexual assault and sexual harassment

At ECU, we are committed to maintaining our safe learning and working environment. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct of any kind. Support is available at ECU no matter when or where an assault or harassment happens.

What is sexual assault and sexual harassment?

Sexual assault includes a range of behaviours all of which are unacceptable and constitute a crime. 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is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, including when they have withdrawn their consent.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 assault is never the responsibility or fault of the person who has been assaulted. It's a misuse of power and it violates personal boundaries. It is a crime and is often perpetrated by someone known to the victim. Sexual assault can happen to anyone of any age, gender, cultural background, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Sexual harassment involves an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which, in the circumstances, a reasonable person, aware of those circumstances, would anticipate the possibility that the person would feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.

It may include kissing, embracing, patting, pinching, touching, leering, gestures, questions about a person's private or sexual life, smutty jokes, inappropriate phone calls, emails, electronic messaging, offensive noises, or displays of sexually graphic or suggestive material.

Who do I contact in an emergency?

  • WA Police: phone 000 in an emergency situation or phone 131 444 for a non-emergency call
  • ECU Security: phone (08) 6304 3333 (24 hours)
  • ECU Out of Hours Crisis Line: phone 1300 583 032 or text 0488 884 232 (available 5pm to 9am on weekdays, and 24 hours on weekends)
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC): phone (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 for emergency counselling and medical services in Perth

How do I report sexual assault or sexual harassment at ECU?

We encourage you to report any incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment that you experience or witness on ECU campuses or at any ECU activities. You can remain anonymous. You can also report on behalf of someone else.

  • ECU Security: phone (08) 6304 3333
  • Report via our online form

Where can I access support?

ECU encourages all students, staff and community members to seek support. Sexual assault or harassment is not something you have to cope with on your own. You can decide if, when, and where, you seek help.

How can I support someone else?

If someone you know has experienced sexual assault or harassment, they may express a range of emotional or physical reactions. There is no right or wrong way for them to react. It's important to know some strategies to support them.


We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which ECU's campuses stand and programs operate.

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