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Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response Office (SeMPRO)

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Males Affected by Sexual Misconduct

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Being raped or sexually assaulted is not your fault.

Defence has a zero tolerance to sexual misconduct/assault which means that Defence supports victims to report offences and holds offenders to account.

SeMPRO provides a confidential support and advice service. Our services are victim-focused, which means those who report incidents of sexual misconduct (irrespective of gender) are given appropriate, sensitive and ongoing support to assist with their immediate safety, wellbeing and recovery.

What can SeMPRO do?

If you have been affected by an incident of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, SeMPRO will work with you to provide assistance with:

  1. Your immediate safety - this means both your physical and emotional safety.
  2. Providing you with someone to speak with - if you agree, a local SeMPRO Support Officer (where available in your location) will contact you. They can take you for a medical assessment, stay with you while you speak with AFDIS/civilian police, support you to speak with your commanding officer (CO) or manager, or stay with you until your friend or family member arrives.
  3. Providing you with ongoing resource information - a SeMPRO Support Coordinator will work with you to ensure you have access to counsellors. In an Unrestricted Report, SeMPRO staff will work with you and your CO or manager to ensure your continued safety and set up appropriate longer-term support arrangements to aid your recovery.

What are my options?

Different disclosure options are available to ADF members as those for APS employees.

ADF members

As an ADF member, when disclosing your experience to SeMPRO, you will have two options:

  • A Restricted (confidential) Disclosure will allow you to access a range of support services to aid your recovery, without your CO/manager or ADFIS/civilian police becoming involved. There are circumstances in which SeMPRO can not accept a Restricted Disclosure, and these are explained fully in the Reporting section on this website.
  • You can make an Unrestricted Report which allows you to access the support services available and may trigger an investigation by either ADFIS or the civilian police.

APS employees

As an APS employee, you are able to access the full suite of support services available to public servants in all Australian Government Departments and Agencies. Accordingly, SeMPRO is not able to accept Restricted Disclosures from APS employees. You can, however, make an Unrestricted Report which allows you to access the support services available and may trigger an investigation.

At no time is a Defence member or Defence employee prevented from reporting the assault to their State/Territory police or ringing 000 in an emergency.