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SASS welcomes opportunities to provide comment, offer professional opinion and provide feedback on a broad range of topics relating to sexual violence.

For comment, interviews or other consultation requests, please contact Jill Maxwell (CEO) on (03) 6231 0044 or send an email to @email

SASS believes first and foremost that survivors of sexual violence are the experts in this area. We strive to incorporate and represent the views of survivors in all of our policy work and advocacy efforts. 


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Sexual assault survivors who met abuser online are often reluctant to seek support or speak out - local trends

Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) CEO Jill Maxwell met with the service’s senior counselling staff this week to discuss concerning trends among Tasmanians who have been sexually assaulted by people they have met online. “The issue that we are concerned about at SASS is the number of clients, particularly women, who have met someone online and been sexually assaulted by that person, but are fearful of speaking out or seeking support.”

Minister announces $250,000 increase in SASS funding and commitment to sexual violence action plan

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Jacquie Petrusma, announced an additional $250,000 in funding for Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) yesterday. 

SASS develops Easy Read resources!

SASS is pleased to announce that thanks to a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund we have converted a series of our most-accessed resources and factsheets into Easy Read.

How SASS can support and inform you during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

In these uncertain times we want to assure you that we are working on ways to stay connected with you and provide support and information during this Coronavirus outbreak. It is a challenging time for us all and it is important that we all stay as healthy, well and supported as we can.

Wear Teal Tuesday - April 7, 2020

Join us for Wear Teal Tuesday on April 7, 2020 and help raise awareness of sexual harassment, assault and abuse and bring an end to sexual harm. Wearing teal, whether it’s a teal ribbon, shirt or other accessory, will serve as a conversation starter for important issues around consent, respect and supporting survivors.

Media Release: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Bill Passed

SASS notes that the Justice Legislation (Mandatory Sentencing) Bill 2019 has recently passed the lower house. We appreciate that this legislation has prompted much debate. SASS initially supported the Bill when it was first brought to Parliament in 2017. We did so because we believed, and continue to believe, that sentences are not appropriately reflecting the significant impacts children experience as a result of sexual assault.