Your Body, Your Choice honoured at 2019 International Students Awards

Your Body, Your Choice, a groundbreaking sexual assault resource for international students in NSW, was honoured with an award at the 2019 International Student Awards.

Redfern Legal Centre partnered with City of Sydney, with support from Study NSW,  to produce the multi-language factsheet late last year. 

The resource was created in response to a need identified through the casework of Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) and a series of forums led by City of Sydney, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss sexual assault and international students.

“This award is important recognition from government about the critical need to support all students who have experienced sexual assault,” head solicitor at RLC’s International Student Legal Service NSW, Sean Stimson said.

"We were proud to partner with City of Sydney and Study NSW to deliver the important message to international students that sexual assault is a crime which people should not be afraid to report.”

Your Body, Your Choice is available in 11 different languages and contains information to support students who have experienced sexual assault, including key messages specifically tailored to international students.

The factsheet was developed in consultation with Rape Crisis NSW, NSW Health Sexual Assault Service and NSW Police. It aims to address the fact that many international students who are victims of sexual assault do not know where to go to seek help or are afraid to access support.

The resource steps students through the law, outlining broad definitions of sexual assault behaviours and provides key contacts for free counselling, legal, medical and interpreter services.

Your Body, Your Choice highlights the many avenues international students can take to seek support for sexual assault safely and confidentially,” Mr Stimson said.

Your Body, Your Choice was acknowledged in the NSW International Student Community Engagement Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions of organisations supporting international students across the categories of Education Providers, and Business and Community.

Hosted by Study NSW, the NSW International Student Awards are an annual event celebrating international students’ contributions to NSW society and the benefits of international education to the broader NSW community. Held at Government House in Sydney, the awards were presented by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC.

Other Business and Community finalists in the 2019 International Student Awards were the Global Trade Accelerator Program (Eliza Gao and Shi-Shi Troung – Practera) and the International Education Plan (Anouschka Inglis – City of Sydney).

Your Body, Your Choice is available in print and online, and is being circulated to international student education providers and support organisations.

For additional information, and requests for hard copies, contact RLC’s International Student Service NSW (www.rlc.org.au, info@rlc.org.au), City of Sydney or Study NSW (a dedicated unit within the NSW Government Department of Industry).