Responding to women's experiences of sexual assault in institutional and care settings 

 

 

Author(s)Clark, Haley and Bianca Fileborn
Title Responding to women's experiences of sexual assault in institutional and care settings
Source ACSSA Wrap, 2011, No. 10, pp 1-19
Date 2011
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary The institutional settings referred to in this paper are psychiatric inpatient units, juvenile justice centres and prisons, detention centres, aged care facilities and disability residences. Sexual assault can occur in a number of contexts, such as sexual assault by a staff member, intra-patient sexual assault and sexual autonomy and relationship with unpaid carers. The prevalence of sexual assault in institutions is discussed and it is generally recognised that it is underreported. There are a number of barriers to recognising and disclosing sexual assault within institutions including: dependence on the perpetrator for the provision of care needs; experiencing feelings of shame, fear, guilt and self-blame; and staff may not be trained in identifying or responding to sexual assault. It is recommended that institutions overcome barriers to responding to sexual assault by developing sexual assault informed practice and policy and creating safe and empowering environments.
Keywords Sexual assault; institutions; disclosure; barriers; aged care; psychiatric units; detention centres
Topic

Sexual assault