SASH Prevention

Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention

Box Hill Institute (BHI) has a zero tolerance approach towards sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) and is committed to prevention, education and reporting. 

Policies & Procedures

SASH Prevention

Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment

Box Hill Institute (BHI) has a zero tolerance approach towards sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) and is committed to prevention, education and reporting.  BHI has targeted policies, procedures and training to support members of the BHI Community achieve the following commitments: 

  • Provide an environment that is free from inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour as deemed by BHI and the law
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure everyone is treated in accordance with BHI values and our related policies and procedures

Definitions Reporting SASH External Support Services SASH Policy SASH Procedure

Definitions

Consent

A person consents if they agree by choice and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Consent must be freely agreed and positively communicated either by words or by conduct or a combination of the two.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined by a range of behaviours, all of which are unacceptable and constitute a crime. Sexual assault can be, but is not limited to, when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts without their consent, or against their will, including when they have withdrawn their consent.

Sexual Harassment

While the definition of sexual harassment varies across Australian (and other) jurisdictions, it generally involves an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which, in the circumstances, a reas​onable person, aware of those circumstances, would anticipate the possibility that the person would feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated.  Here are some examples:

  • Sexually explicit comments, gestures, jokes, staring or leering that make you feel intimidated or offended.
  • Unwelcome contact such as touching, hugging, kissing, cornering or any inappropriate physical contact.
  • Requests for sex, repeated or unwelcome invitations to go out on dates or requests for other sexual acts that make you feel offended.
  • Inappropriate display of the body or indecent exposure & showing sexually explicit pictures, posters or gifts that make you feel offended
  • Sexually explicit emails, SMS messages, or other forms of messaging on a social media or cyber platform.
  • Inappropriate or repeated advancements via email, social networking websites, or any other online forum.
  • Inappropriate commentary on social media, or any other online forums relating to images or film
  • Other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that occurred online

Reporting SASH

All BHI employees have a critical role in supporting members of the BHI Community who are impacted by sexual assault and sexual harassment, and a duty of care to ensure everyone feels safe and supported at the Institute.

Instances of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment should be reported to Student Life or Human Resources as soon as possible and the report to be acknowledged in writing within 24 hours of notification. A report can be received in person, via telephone or email.

Students Life:

Phone: (03) 9286 9891

Email: studentlife@boxhill.edu.au

SMS: 0429 680 448

Human Resources:

Phone: (03) 9286 9441

Email: HRassist@boxhill.edu.au

The referring member of the BHI Community may withhold the identity of the discloser if the discloser does not wish their identity to be shared, provided they are over the age of 18. All reports and notifications will be recorded in the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Register.  All cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment involving minors will be reported to Police as a legal requirement under the Child Protection Act.

A discloser may also seek advice from or make a complaint of SASH to the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

External Support Services for SASH

1800 RESPECT

For 24/7 support for individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

Website: www.1800respect.org.au/

Phone: 1800 424 017

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

A free, state​wide, after-hours service for people in Victoria who have experienced sexual violence. The crisis line operates from 5 pm on weeknights to 9 am the next day, and during the same hours on weekends and public holidays.

Website: www.sacl.com.au/

Phone: 1800 806 292

Centres for Sexual Assault (CASA)

The peak body for the 15 Centres against Sexual Assault in Victoria and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line. Use this map to find your nearest centre, or call the above number to be connected with your nearest centre or for after-hours support.​

Website: www.casa.org.au/

Phone: 1800 806 292