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The Day of Action against Sexual Assault
August 25, 2016
The Day of Action against Sexual Assault is held on the last Thursday in August each year. The aim of the day is to: Celebrate women’s survival of sexual assault Inform SA survivors of their options and let them know they are not alone Acknowledge the efforts and successes of women who work with those survivors Draw attention to the continuing need for public education and support services.
The inaugural Day of Action was held in 1992 with a mass tree planting across New South Wales.
Below are some statistics relating to the incidence of sexual assault of women and children in this country.
A survey of women carried out in 1996 (published in the Medical Journal of Australia, January 1997) showed that: one in five women had been sexually assaulted as a child only one in 10 assaults was reported to any authority men perpetrated 98% of assaults, and half of them were by family members Australia-wide, 59,122 cases of child sexual assault were reported in 1992/93 In NSW, Department of Community Services (DoCS) received 5,949 notifications of alleged child sexual assault in 1995/96 (of which about half were substantiated) In NSW, one in five of all notifications to DoCS are about child sexual assault 133,100 Australian women (2% of the population) experienced an incidence of sexual violence in just one 12 month period, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (1996). Most attacks were by partners or other known men. If you have any other information about the incidence of sexual assault, for example the number of women presenting at your service, you may find it useful to include those statistics in any information sheets or press releases you produce.