Sarah, 19, WA.

“I wish the government knew the huge impact that sexual assault centres have the capacity to provide. The compassionate, specialised and honest approaches taken are immensely different to other avenues of support, which are often limited in their abilities to act both respectfully and realistically.

Cuts to sexual assault centres and programs further restrict what is already minimal access to crucial services, limiting choice and accessibility and introducing impossible delays to getting help at the most important times. Cuts also contribute to a culture where trauma is shoved under a rug and expected to fix itself and never be spoken of again.

I need the government to know the value of these services, and that providing them selectively and sparsely is not enough.”