The ROSA’s program is a free counselling service for adults who have experienced sexual assault as a child. Many adults who have experienced sexual abuse as a child believe they ‘should be over it’ because it happened in the past. However, many of the impacts of childhood sexual abuse develop or increase over time, or can also be triggered by events currently occurring in their lives.
Common long-term impacts of childhood sexual assault include sleeping difficulties, fear, panic attacks, depression, numbness, the sense of ‘feeling crazy’, intrusive memories, and other post-traumatic stress related symptoms.
Some facts about sexual assault
Sexual assault is a crime against the individual and the society:
- Victims/survivors have the right to be believed, heard and supported
- Childhood sexual abuse is often perpetrated by someone known or trusted
- Victim/survivors are never to be blamed for the actions of the perpetrator
- Any unwanted sexual contact or any sexual behaviour that made you feel uncomfortable as a child can be defined as sexual abuse
- Both women and men can experience childhood sexual abuse
- Childhood sexual abuse can have significant short and long-term impacts on victim/survivors and their families
Free and confidential long or short-term counselling to adults sexually abused as children:
- Counselling and support to non-offending family members and/or significant others
- Outreach where access and equity issues are concerned
- Interpreters where required
To refer yourself or someone else to the ROSA’s program you can contact the intake line on 6621 7397 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can fill out the online referral form link below. All information is strictly confidential and will only be used for the purposes of identifying counselling needs.