Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Sexual violence prevention

Sexual violence can affect all Queenslanders, regardless of their age and gender. However, we know that women and girls, children and young people face the highest prevalence of sexual violence.

In Queensland in 2017, the Queensland Police Service recorded an average of 13 sexual assaults per day–or 4,751 over the year. Women made up 83% of all victims of sexual assault, 72% of victims knew their offender, and 95% of perpetrators were male.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 75% of sexual assaults are never reported to the police, so the real numbers are likely to be much higher.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) found that:

  • half of Australian women and a quarter of Australian men had experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men had been sexually assaulted or threatened since the age of 15
  • for 40% of women, their most recent incident of sexual assault was in their home.

Although attitudes towards sexual violence are improving, the National Community Attitudes to Violence against Women Survey–undertaken every 4 years–shows that our society still has some concerning beliefs:

  • Up to 15% of people think it’s justified for a man to force a woman to have sex if she kisses him first.
  • 1 in 10 people think that if a woman falls asleep during sex, it’s understandable if a man keeps having sex with her anyway.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 people believe that if a woman sends a nude image to her partner, she is partially responsible if he shares it without permission.
  • Nearly half of Australians think it’s common for sexual assault accusations to be used as a way of getting back at men.

The Queensland Government strongly believes that sexual violence is unacceptable, and is committed to preventing and responding to all forms of sexual violence in our communities.

  • Sexual Violence Prevention Framework

    The Queensland Government is committed to developing a Sexual Violence Prevention Framework to provide a strong, cohesive and evidence-based approach to preventing and responding to all forms of sexual violence, including (but not limited to) sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, technology-facilitated violence, youth sexual violence, and child sexual abuse.

  • Current initiatives addressing sexual violence

    Find out about the initiatives and commitments across government that are contributing towards preventing and responding to sexual violence.

  • Youth sexual violence

    Youth sexual violence is a complex and challenging issue that can affect young people in all communities across Queensland. Find out about our commitment to addressing this issue.