Mandatory reporting and adults

I am posting this due to a recent report on AM which had some serious misinformation disseminated by an ex SECASA Counsellor. The information related to mandatory reporting. In the report the ex counsellor indicated that mandatory reporting of sexual assault of an adult was an obligation. This is incorrect. There is no requirement for anyone to report a sexual assault of an adult unless that adult wishes the assault to be reported. Victoria only has mandatory reporting of child abuse up to the age of 17 years. There are no risks to anyone's confidentiality if they attend counselling. Their counsellor will not report the sexual assault they have come to talk about unless that is wanted.

Carolyn Worth AM
South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault

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