Sexual assault is an act of a sexual nature carried out against a person’s will, through the use of physical force, intimidation or coercion, or the attempt to carry out these acts. This includes all incidents of a sexual nature involving physical contact and carried out without the victims consent, any forced sexual activity such as rape, attempted rape or indecent assault (for a full definition, refer to the Glossary) and assault with the intent to sexually assault. It also includes any incidents that may have occurred at the victim’s place of work. It excludes sexual harassment that did not lead to an assault. Only people aged 18 years and over were asked questions about sexual assault.
During the 12 months prior to interview in 2011–12, an estimated 51,200 (0.3%) Australians aged 18 years and over were a victim of sexual assault. Almost a third (30%) of victims of sexual assault had the most recent incident they experienced reported to the police.