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Bravehearts’ Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme(SADS) has been established to support adult survivors of child sexual assault in their disclosures to police. If you have concerns about the sexual harm of any child, please report these directly to the police or the child protection authority in your State. If you would like advice on this process, please contact Bravehearts’ support staff on 1800 272 831.

Many challenges exist in the identification, reporting and disclosure of child sex offenders and offences. These include:

  • Fears that experiences will not be heard, let alone believed or validated;
  • Feeling increasingly isolated by fear, shame and self-persecution;
  • Fear and lack of faith in the system and authority figures;
  • Belief that no one will care, let alone be able to do anything;
  • Anxiety about potential disbelief and/or lack of support from family, the authorities or services;
  • Fear that disclosure will result in being treated ‘differently’ by friends and family; and
  • Concerns about confidentiality, and/or losing control of the situation.

The Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme (SADS) was developed by Bravehearts to overcome these barriers and assist survivors in their disclosure to police in a safe and non-confronting way.

SADS was created with the help of the Queensland Police, Queensland Crime Commission, Criminal Justice Commission, Attorney General’s Office, Commission for Children and Young People, the Public Defenders and the Department of Public Prosecutions, and is administered by Bravehearts.

SADS provides survivors of child sexual assault with an official, safe and non-threatening means to disclose information about the person who has harmed them. Providing information through SADS will not guarantee an investigation by police, but it is a means for you to provide police with information.

Some Australian police services have established their own online reporting options for sexual assault. Reports received through these police reporting forms can be anonymous. Using these forms may speed up the process and minimise the need to provide additional information. Please note, Bravehearts is here to support you whether you report directly to the police or through SADS.

If you live in the following States or Territories, click the below links to access the police online reporting forms:

If you live in the Australian Capital Territory: ACT Sexual Assault Report Form

If you live in New South Wales:

– NSW Police advise that to make an anonymous disclosure of information, NSW residents need to make a report using the NSW Police Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO)

– If you are a NSW resident and wish to make a formal statement to police, please contact any NSW Police Station.

– If the sexual assault you are reporting happened in NSW, but you currently reside in another State of Territory, you can use any of the former options or you can report through the SADS Form below.

If you live in Queensland: Queensland Police Sexual Assault Reporting Form  

If you need any support or advice on your options, please contact Bravehearts on 1800 272 831.

I commend the program for addressing the most significant barrier to responding to child abuse and neglect, matters not being reported.
– Detective Senior Sergeant G.W.J Horan, Officer in Charge, Cairns District Child Protection and Investigation Unit (2012)

HOW TO COMPLETE THE SADS FORMS

Bravehearts’ Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme can be submitted securely online. The forms are protected and the information is encrypted and saved on a secure server, but if you would rather complete hard copies of the forms, please contact us on 1800 272 831 or via our contact form.

Two forms are completed, linked by a common identification number:

  • Form A seeks information on the person making the disclosure. Form A is held by Bravehearts.
  • Form B seeks information on the alleged offender and offence, and includes no information that will identify you. Form B is provided to the Police. You do not have to fill out all the fields if you do not have all of the information.
  • On the completion of Form B you have the option to “Submit” or to “Complete a separate Form B” for another offender. Please note that if there are multiple offenders, a separate Form B must be completed for each one.

A Bravehearts representative will contact you within 5 working days of receiving your forms to confirm that we have received them. If you do not hear from us, or would like to speak to support staff sooner, please contact our team on 1800 272 831.

Bravehearts will contact you on receipt of your forms to offer support and discuss options for you.

    • If you are happy to speak to the Police your name and contact number will be passed on and Police can speak with you to establish whether or not an investigation is possible. Bravehearts can provide you with support and advice.
    • If you do not wish to speak to the Police, your name and contact details will not be provided to the police. The information from Form B will be sent to the Police and will be put into the Police information system as intelligence. This will still assist Police as the information you disclose may provide them with important additional information if the alleged offender is, or becomes, known to them through another victim.
    • If you have not agreed to have your details passed on to Police, the Police may contact Bravehearts if there is enough information provided to act on, and ask us to contact you. If this happens, Bravehearts will contact you to ask if you are interested in speaking with the Police. The decision whether or not you wish to speak to the Police is completely yours to make.

If at any time you wish to speak to Police about the information you have provided, you can contact Bravehearts or the Police directly. Our team are here to support you in any way we can.

Please contact Bravehearts at any time if you have any questions about your participation in SADS.

More Information

For more information, please call us o 1800 272 831 or email us and one of our qualified staff will respond to you as soon as possible.

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