Clinics & services

Support after sexual assault

Our approach at Northern CASA

We believe

  • Sexual assault is any unwanted sexualised behaviour that makes someone feel frightened or uncomfortable. This can include touching and non-touching behaviours.
  • Sexual assault is a crime that violates a person’s human rights. There is no excuse for sexual assault.
  • Victim/survivors have a right to be heard and believed.
  • Responsibility for sexual assault always rests with the offender.
  • Sexual assault happens worldwide, in all communities and can happen to anyone.
  • Sexual assault is a social issue that occurs because of power imbalances between the genders and in the social, justice, political and economic systems.
  • Ending sexual assault and its effects can be achieved through changes to attitudes and social and structural change.
  • Sexual assault impacts on individuals, families and the wider community. The impact can be physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and social.
  • People can and do overcome the effects of sexual assault. The recovery journey is one of courage, hope and dignity.
  • Counselling is based on a client-centered model of empowerment and recovery and utilises a range of evidence-based trauma therapy approaches.

What our clients say about us

Below are some quotes from clients about our service.


“The sensitivity of my counsellor and their ability to help me work through my issues with a new mindset.”

“My counsellor was incredible.”

“Face to face sessions were a lot more helpful but due to covid weren’t a possibility.”

“Very helpful.”

“I had a wonderful counsellor who saved my life.”

“I’m more aware of my own feelings about the situation and better able to articulate them.”

“I feel supported.”

“I am a lot more confident and comfortable with asserting my own boundaries and can cope better with things.”

“The impact has been profound.”

“I have a useful strategy for dealing with panic attacks and have started to teach myself that the things that happened to me are not my fault.”

“I feel that my decisions regarding blocking contact of certain people and putting my needs first are reasonable and justified.”

“Particularly helpful was the list of services and it was helpful to talk with someone so supportive.”

“The support in my sessions was outstanding.”

“I liked using humour and art.”

“It was a safe space to explore shame.”