The Safe and Respected at La Trobe campaign

Content Note: The following article contains sensitive content, including themes of sexual harm. This may be distressing for some people. Visit Safer Community or Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion to seek support as needed.

Sexual harm is never ok.

Unfortunately, we know that sexual harm is prevalent in Australian universities. We also know that some students don’t know what sexual harm is – and don’t know where to report or seek support if they witness or experience it.  

The Safe and Respected at La Trobe campaign 

Starting on 26 February, during Orientation and running for 10 weeks, La Trobe is launching a new awareness campaign – Safe and Respected at La Trobe – that aims to help prevent and respond to sexual harm.  

You might see images across La Trobe campuses with a range of key messages outlining what sexual harm is, that it is never ok, and how to seek help and support. 

So, let’s be really clear, what is sexual harm? 

Sexual harm is any behaviour of a sexual nature that is non-consensual, unwanted or unwelcomed, and makes someone feel offended, humiliated, frightened, intimidated, threatened or coerced. Sexual harm can occur in person, online or via the use of technology.  

Over the next 10 weeks, we will be posting to our My La Trobe Instagram and Facebook channels to help you understand more about sexual harm.

View the Safe and Respected at La Trobe campaign website to learn more. 

Why have a campaign to address sexual harm? 

No two experiences of sexual harm are the same. There are however, common psychological and physical responses and complex barriers to seeking support. The Safe and Respected at La Trobe Campaign seeks to address these barriers and acknowledge the impact of sexual harm on victim/survivors.  

We want anyone who has experienced sexual harm to know that: 

  • It’s not your fault. 
  • We believe you. 
  • You are not alone. 
  • We’re here to help. 

How to disclose or report sexual harm to Safer Community 

La Trobe’s Safer Community Service is a free and confidential support service for all La Trobe students and staff. If you witness or experience inappropriate, threatening or concerning behaviour, please visit the Safer Community website to contact the service. You can fill out the Report a concern form to contact Safer Community anonymously.

In an emergency call Triple Zero: 000 (0 000 on University phones) and if on campus also call Campus Security on 03 9479 2222 (x2222 from University phones)  

Get Involved: 

For more information about this campaign, email the Respectful Communities team,

More Supports at La Trobe 

  • If you require immediate assistance call 000 (0 000 on University phones) and if on campus also call Campus Security on 03 9479 2222 (x2222 from University phones).  
  • Connect with La Trobe’s Health and Wellbeing Services, including Student Wellbeing Connect.
  • Out-of-hours mental health and wellbeing support can be accessed anytime 24 hours a day by calling 1300 146 307 or texting 0488 884 100.  

Supports outside of La Trobe

  • 1800 RESPECT: National sexual assault, domestic, and family violence counselling service. Tel: 1800 737 732  
  • CASA House:  24 HOURS, 7 days a week—counselling support line for victim-survivors of sexual violence. Tel: 03 9635 3610  
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line: Provide crisis response, support and advocacy for people who have experienced Sexual violence. After Hours Tel: 1800 806 292.  
  • Djirra:  Djirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated, and where practical support is available to all Aboriginal women and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past. Tel: 1800 105 3030  
  • Daisy app: Connecting women who are experiencing or have experienced sexual assault, and domestic and family violence to services in their state and the local area.  
  • QLife: Counselling for LGBTIQ people, by LGBTIQ people. Tel: 1800 184 527  
  • Men’s Line: Free professional 24/7 telephone counselling support for men with concerns about mental health, anger management, family violence (using and experiencing), addiction, relationships, stress, and wellbeing. Tel: 1300 78 99 78.