Our Focus Groups are now complete! thank you to everyone who participated and we will now be getting to work analysing and writing up the results.

Research has long identified the persistent under-reporting of sexual assault to police and the criminal justice system. Alternative and informal reporting mechanisms are becoming increasingly popular, however there are many aspects of reporting that need to be taken into account when designing such a scheme.

To better understand how alternative reporting can best fit victim/survivors needs, our researchers are looking to speak to people who:
– Are 18+ years old
– Have experienced sexual assault as an adult
– Reside in Australia
– Are comfortable participating in an online focus group over Microsoft Teams in Late November or Early December 2021

What will I be asked to do?
– Take part in an online focus group for approximately 2 hours with 2-5 other people
– Look at a hypothetical scenario involving sexual assault and discuss what challenges may arise in the scenario in regards to reporting
– Have a discussion around why you might choose an alternative reporting option and the benefits and limitations
– Brainstorm what information you would like to express in an alternative report and look at some existing options and provide feedback

Your participation:
– Is completely voluntary
– Any information about you will be anonymised after the focus group
– You will be reimbursed for your time with a voucher