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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 Sandi Doherty (Acting 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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Reporting on child sexual abuse - Attorney General releases guidelines for media

In July 2023 the Federal Attorney General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP released a series of guides that support responsible reporting on child sexual abuse and empower victims and survivors who are engaging with media. 


We are delighted to have Netball Tasmania and Hockey Tasmania each playing a big role in Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with both sports holding SAAM Rounds this weekend.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023 is up and running

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) commenced on Saturday 1 April, with a full month ahead of activities and events to raise awareness, raise funds and educate Tasmanians on the role we can all play in putting an end to sexual violence.

Now in its fourth year in Tasmania, SAAM is about holding conversations and breaking down the stigma of people talking about sexual violence. The key take home message this year for SAAM is: Consent is a Conversation.

SASS welcomes the State Government's new Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

“I am pleased and encouraged to see the emphasis on collaboration in the plan,” says Jill. “SASS is committed to playing a role in driving positive change, not just through government but also in the many communities around Tasmania.”

Research looking at scale and nature of sexual violence and barriers to seeking assistance – report findings and actions

Following a research project by TILES, the SASS Board has received and endorsed Sexual violence in Southern Tasmania: research report for Sexual Assault Support Service, July 2022.

What does this week's budget announcement mean for SASS?

The 2022/2023 state budget announcement yesterday included an increase in core funding for SASS, which will make a significant impact on how we provide and deliver services. In particular, it will enable us to better manage, and maximise, staffing levels to ensure an ongoing specialist trauma informed service to meet the increasing demand.