Responding to sexual assault in rural communities

Responding to sexual assault in rural communities

Alexandra Neame and Melanie Heenan

ACSSA Briefing No. 3 — June 2004
Responding to sexual assault in rural communities

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Many of the problems faced by rural communities in responding to sexual assault mirror those that confront victims and service providers who live in cities. However, issues of isolation, the levels of rural conservatism, and the denial of sexual assault within rural communities remain distinct. Rural women continue to suffer the impact of sexual assault in ways that uniquely compromise their capacity to remain anonymous, their right to access culturally appropriate services, and their rights to seek a police and/or a legal response

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ACSSA Briefing
No. 3
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2004.
24 pp.

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