Currawong Youth Sexual Assault Counselling

What is Currawong?

Currawong is a counselling service that supports young people (aged 13-25) who have been sexually assaulted at some time in their lives and who are connected to the DHS Western Melbourne area. This includes the local government areas of the Cities of Melbourne, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. People who work or study in the city or find it easiest to access the city can also be eligible. Currawong is a free, face to face, appointment based counselling service.

 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual behaviour that is unwanted and makes you feel uncomfortable or intimidated. Sexual assault can include:

  • Suggestive behaviours or comments
  • Unwanted touching
  • Unwanted exposure to pornographic material
  • Rape or attempted rape

 

Here’s a helpful brochure to understand more about what is sexual assault.

 

How can counselling help?

Survivors of sexual assault are usually left to deal with many difficult and confusing feelings. These can include painful memories, feelings of worthlessness, difficulties in trusting others or a loss of hope for the future. Counselling can help you understand these feelings and free yourself from their negative impacts on your life.

 

What we believe

  • No-one ever deserves to be sexually assaulted
  • Sexual assault is not acceptable in any culture
  • You are entitled to have your confidentiality and privacy respected
  • Counselling must be respectful of your individual experience
  • All people have the right to receive a service that is respectful to their culture and identity

 

Get in contact with us

For more information please contact 03 9653 3250 or email your name and phone number to mcsintake@aus.salvationarmy.org.
Our intake worker will complete a phone assessment and outline the process for allocating you a counsellor.  If necessary, we can offer you referral options to other services that better suit your needs.

 

Do you need help immediately?

 

Useful websites, documents and advice

  • Information sheets from secasa.com.au offer many information sheets regarding the impacts of sexual assault and strategies to assist with managing your symptoms.