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Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response Office (SeMPRO)

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Commanders and Managers of ADF Personnel

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ADF members who have been affected by a sexual offence can, at any time, contact their State/Territory police service or call 000 in an emergency.

Commanders and managers of ADF members may become involved in the management of Unrestricted Reports of a sexual offence. How a commander or manager responds to a disclosure of sexual misconduct is paramount to the victim's recovery. Remember, the only guilty person in a sexual offence is the offender. Sexual offences are crimes. While the impact of sexual misconduct can be devastating, recovery is possible and there is help available to assist victims.

The decision to report an incident of sexual misconduct is a very personal one, as is the decision regarding who to report the incident to, and the level of support needed and wanted. You may find that an ADF member who has been affected by sexual misconduct may first speak with a Chaplain or medical officer, or self refer to a psychologist, before they speak with you.

What should I do?

When the ADF member does speak with you about what happened to them, your initial response is vitally important.

  • Listen to what the member is telling you and let them talk at their own pace.
  • Believe them.
  • Do not ask "why" questions (e.g. "Why did you go there?").
  • Remind them that the assault was not their fault and acknowledge their bravery in coming forward..

All reports of sexual misconduct are to be actioned in accordance with DI(G) PERS 35-4 - Reporting and management of sexual misconduct including sexual offences. Sexual offences are to be reported to ADFIS on 1300 233 471..

Reporting must not be delayed due to any unit/local administrative action such as a Quick Assessment.

What support is available?

SeMPRO staff are available to provide information and guidance to commanders and managers who are supporting people affected by sexual misconduct.

There are a range of support and counselling services available to ADF members who have suffered from sexual assault, their friends and family. SeMPRO can provide guidance on appropriate and relevant local support mechanisms.

Where available, and with the ADF member's consent, the local SeMPRO Support Officer will accompany them to receive medical attention at either a medical centre or public hospital. If a local SeMPRO Support Officer is not available, you should arrange for this to happen.

For further information

For further information, please call SeMPRO on 1800 SeMPRO (1800 736 776).

A Defence member or Defence employee is not prevented from reporting the assault to their State/Territory police or ringing 000 in an emergency.