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I'm a sexual assault counsellor. Here's why it's so hard for survivors to come forward, and what happens when they do

  • Written by Neeraja Sanmuhanathan, Senior Sexual Assault Counsellor, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Lecturer in Counselling, University of Notre Dame Australia
I'm a sexual assault counsellor. Here's why it's so hard for survivors to come forward, and what happens when they doShutterstock

As a senior sexual assault counsellor working with Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, I often sit across from people on the worst day of their life.

The trauma of being sexually assaulted is an experience filled with violence. It transforms a person’s sense of safety, their worldview and their relationships with others.


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