Welcome to the Sexual Assault Support Service - supporting survivors of sexual assault in Southern Tasmania
SASS has released a Positions Paper on a Tasmanian response to children who display problem sexual behaviour and sexually abusive behaviour. Read the Media Release here.
SASS SUCCESSFUL IN GAINING $1.2 MILLION TO PROVIDE SERVICES, COUNSELLING AND ADVOCACY TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.
The Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) is a community based service committed to providing high quality support and information services to survivors of sexual assault in Southern Tasmania, their carers and support people, professionals, and the general public.
SASS provides information and support services to people who have been recently sexually assaulted, and counselling services for children and adults (males and females) of all ages, religions, cultures, sexual orientation, ability, and socio-economic groups who have experienced sexual abuse at any time of their lives.
A confidential telephone interpreting service can be used if you prefer to speak in your own language.
24/7 Rape Crisis Response
SASS provides a 24 hour a day support and information service regarding available choices to victims of recent rape or sexual assault, their family and support people including whether and how to:
- report the crime to Police
- have a Forensic Medical Examination (FME), medical checkup or access emergency contraception
- access ongoing counselling and support
SASS then coordinates and facilitates the implementation of the person’s chosen course of action and offers ongoing support to the victim and their family and friends.
People can access this service directly on 6231 1817 (24/7) or be referred by other services including the RHH, Police, GP’s or other community services.
24/7 Response and Counselling Line
SASS provides a 24/7 phone support and counselling service to males and females of all ages who have been sexually abused at any time of their lives; the parents or carers of children who have been abused; the partners of people who have been abused, and professionals who are assisting people who have experienced sexual abuse.
This service can be used by people who have never before accessed a SASS service or by current or past clients. People can access this service directly on 6231 1817 (24/7) or be referred by other services.
Counselling and Case Management
SASS provides face to face information, support, counselling, and referral services for males and females who have experienced sexual abuse or assault at any time during their life regardless of whether the perpetrator was a relative, friend, acquaintance or stranger.
People accessing the counselling and case management service will initially meet with an Intake Worker who will help identify your needs and the type of assistance that you want. You will be provided with information about the type of help available at SASS and other relevant services. You may also be provided with practical information about such things as anxiety reduction, improving your sleep, or helping your child if they are having difficulties.
If you are offered and choose to access counselling at SASS you will be referred to one of our qualified counsellors for ongoing counselling.
This service can be used by anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, their family or support people, and other professionals assisting people who have experienced such abuse. People can access this service directly on 6231 0044 or 6231 1811 during business hours or be referred by other services.
SASS also offers referrals to other services; group sessions; community education and professional training sessions; student programs within schools; information (pamphlets, books and other resources relevant to coping with any traumatic event); a library; and support with legal, medical or other professionals and systems.
SASS also works towards the elimination of sexual violence through media and awareness raising campaigns and participation on State and National Committees.
SASS services are government-funded and provided free of charge.
Any contact will be kept strictly private and confidential unless there is a risk to any person's safety. SASS is mandated to report to the Department of Health and Human Services when a person under the age of 18 years has been abused or is at risk of harm. SASS employs professionally qualified staff of both genders.
SASS receives ongoing funding from the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services through the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program.