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SASS welcomes opportunities to provide comment, offer professional opinion and provide feedback on a broad range of topics relating to sexual violence.

For comment, interviews or other consultation requests, please contact Jill Maxwell (CEO) on (03) 6231 0044 or send an email to @email

SASS believes first and foremost that survivors of sexual violence are the experts in this area. We strive to incorporate and represent the views of survivors in all of our policy work and advocacy efforts. 


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SASS welcomes the State Government's new Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

“I am pleased and encouraged to see the emphasis on collaboration in the plan,” says Jill. “SASS is committed to playing a role in driving positive change, not just through government but also in the many communities around Tasmania.”

Research looking at scale and nature of sexual violence and barriers to seeking assistance – report findings and actions

Following a research project by TILES, the SASS Board has received and endorsed Sexual violence in Southern Tasmania: research report for Sexual Assault Support Service, July 2022.

What does this week's budget announcement mean for SASS?

The 2022/2023 state budget announcement yesterday included an increase in core funding for SASS, which will make a significant impact on how we provide and deliver services. In particular, it will enable us to better manage, and maximise, staffing levels to ensure an ongoing specialist trauma informed service to meet the increasing demand.

Shared lived experiences and evidence to provide an impetus for change

Earlier this week, our CEO Jill Maxwell had the honour of providing evidence to the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government's response to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings.  Jill says it has been an emotional and challenging week for many people, however the importance of the Commission of Inquiry is very clear.

Tasmania turns teal for sexual assault prevention on Wear Teal Tuesday

Businesses around the state are doing their part to prevent sexual assault in Tasmania and show support for survivors, by participating in Wear Teal Tuesday today, an initiative of SASS during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Seishin Martial Arts is one business taking part, holding a special women and girls Judo class this evening with all class fees going directly to SASS. Media are invited to a photo opportunity at Seishin on Tuesday 26 April at 10.30am, with Judo players providing a preview of the evening class plus SASS CEO and Seishin Owner and MD.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month launches today - #OnlyYesMeansYes

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) commences today, Friday 1 April 2022, with a month of activities to raise awareness and provide information to people right across the community. Now in its third year in Tasmania, SAAM is the major community activity on the Sexual Assault Support Service calendar each year.  This year, the take home message for SAAM is #OnlyYesMeansYes.  The purpose of SAAM is building awareness, opening up conversations and breaking down the stigma of people talking about sexual violence.  SAAM aims to educate everyone in the community – in workplaces, sporting clubs, social groups, at home and online – on how they can help put an end to sexual violence.