News

Police launch sexual violence awareness campaign

Northern Rivers residents can get involved in a state-wide campaign to bring sexual violence into the spotlight and help put a stop to the issue.
Northern Rivers residents can get involved in a state-wide campaign to bring sexual violence into the spotlight and help put a stop to the issue. Supplied

NSW Police are encouraging Northern Rivers residents to get involved in their campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence.

The five-week campaign 'Sexual assault - it's a crime' aims to generate conversation about sexual violence and encourage victims to report incidents to police.

State Crime Command's Serious Crime Director, Detective Chief Superintendent John Kerlatec, said sexual violence is one of the most under-reported crimes in NSW with 15 % of incidents reported.

"We believe that breaking the taboo surrounding sexual violence can help remove the shame or embarrassment for victims and ultimately make them feel comfortable to report it to police,” Det Ch Supt Kerlatec said.

The campaign strives to raise awareness of what constitutes sexual violence.

"Many people aren't even aware that any form of unwanted sexual contact is sexual violence and it's a crime,” Det Ch Supt Kerlatec said said.

"The key word is unwanted - it can include touching through to sexual assault, as well as sexual acts conducted in a victim's presence.”

Specialist police will facilitate Q&A sessions on Facebook Live to provide an insight into various issues surrounding sexual violence throughout the campaign.

Research indicates that one in four Australian women and one in ten Australian men have experienced sexual violence of some kind during their life.

Always call Triple Zero (000) to report sexual violence if you have fears for your own, or somebody else's, immediate safety.

In other instances, anyone with information about sexual, domestic, or family violence can call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Topics:  northern rivers community nsw police force sexual assault campaign sexual violence



Order to cease all logging in Limpinwood

A group of protesters outside of Tweed Shire Council in Tweed are concerned about the impact logging in Limpinwood is having on koalas.

Council will discuss the matter further at this week's meeting.

Surfscene: Next generation powering through

Jaggar Bartholomew won the opening round of the under-18 Queensland State Juniors at D'bah.

"I'm off to the World Titles, so this was a great warm up”

How SEQ commuters are costing their employers millions

The Pacific Motorway and Bruce Highway are the scene of frequent accidents that further impact productivity.

An average of 41,000 workers commute to and from the city for work.

Local Partners