Social Policy

TMagnifying glass over bookshe SASS Policy team conducts research to:

  • Identify, explore and advocate for the needs of our clients, their families and support professionals.
  • Explore and advocate for structural reform to better prevent and respond to sexual violence at a societal level. 
  • Ensure that SASS programs, policies and practices are based on best practice.

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.

 

Our Policy team also:

  • Prepares submissions to Federal and Tasmanian State Government inquiries and processes.
  • Provides input into and advocates for reform to sexual assault legislation.
  • Undertakes internal evaluations to ensure that SASS programs and practice benefit from continuous improvement.
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SASS submission - Review of the Law Relating to Self-Defence

SASS provided comment to the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute's review of the law relating to self-defence. 

SASS submission - Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015

SASS welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the proposed Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015, which was intended to target individuals who share, or threaten to share, private sexual images or film recordings of others without consent and with the intention of, or

SASS response to Royal Commission Issues Paper 9: addressing the risk of child sexual assault in primary and secondary schools

SASS welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issues Paper 9: Addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in primary and secondary schools.

SASS response to Royal Commission Issues Paper 8: Experiences of Police and Prosecution Responses

In our response to the Royal Commission's Issues Paper 8: Experiences of Police and Prosecution Responses, SASS raised recommendations across a number of areas, including specific professional development for police officers and prosecution working with sexual assault victims, and integrated case

SASS Position Paper PSB/SAB

This Position Paper makes recommendations in relation to the design of a Tasmanian response to children and adolescents who display problem sexual behaviour (PSB