Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme (SADS)

 
"The Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme encourages survivors to disclose and as such, stands to protect thousands of children from exposure and possible assault by these known sexual predators"
Bravehearts Founder, Hetty Johnston
 

Bravehearts’ Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme has been established to support adult survivors in their disclosures to police. If you have concerns about current sexual harm of children, please report these directly to the police or the child protection authority in your State. If you would like advice on this process, please contact Bravehearts’ crisis and support staff on 1800 272 831. If you have already provided the concerns to police or child protection and you are dissatisfied with the response, please contact Bravehearts’ advocacy team on 1800 272 831 or  advocacy@bravehearts.org.au
 
Bravehearts understands that many victims need the belief and/or validation of others to gain the strength to disclose and to heal.  Bravehearts also recognises that disclosure, awareness and education are the best weapons against the continuing sexual assault of children.
 
Many challenges exist in the identification, reporting and disclosure of child sex offenders and offences.  These include:
  • Fear of breaking the silence and coming forward;
  • Fears that the victims' story will not be heard let alone believed or validated;
  • The victims themselves are increasingly isolated by their own fear, shame and self persecution;
  • Fear and lack of faith in the establishment/authority figures;
  • Anxiety about their own families and society's potential disbelief, intolerance and lack of support;
  • Fear that disclosure will result in them being treated 'differently' by friends and family;
  • Concerns about confidentiality, losing control of the situation; and
  • No confidence or gratification in the sentencing/justice outcomes.
The Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme (SADS) was developed by Bravehearts to overcome these barriers and assist survivors in their disclosure to police in a safe and non-confronting way. 
 
SADS was created with the help of the Queensland Police, Queensland Crime Commission, Criminal Justice Commission, Attorney General's Office, Commission for Children and Young People, the Public Defenders and the Department of Public Prosecutions, and is administered by Bravehearts. It provides a safe, non-triggering, anonymous and protective opportunity for survivors to seek and find an active willingness by authorities to register their allegations of sexual assault.
 
SADS provides survivors of child sexual assault with an official, safe and non-threatening means to disclose information about the person who has assaulted them.
 
Completing SADS Forms
 
Bravehearts’ Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme can now be submitted securely online. The forms are protected and the information is encrypted and saved on a secure server but if you would rather complete hard copies of the forms, please download now.
 
The Scheme is outlined in the following dot points:
  • Two forms (linked by a common identification number) are completed either online or via paper copy.
    1. Form A only seeks information on the person making the disclosure. Form A is held securely by Bravehearts.
    2. Form B seeks information on the alleged offender and offence. Form B is provided to the Police. The first question on this form provides you with the opportunity to provide police with your name and contact details directly, or choose to remain anonymous and only be contacted through Bravehearts.
  • Information from Form B is processed by the Police and entered into their system.
  • The Police assess the information and contact Bravehearts with the forms identification number when they wish to speak to the discloser (unless you have indicated on Form B that Police can contact you directly)  
  • Bravehearts contacts the discloser, letting them know that the Police are interested in speaking to them, what this means and seeking permission to pass on your name and contact details to the Police.
  • If you are happy to speak to the Police your details are passed on and Police can speak with you to establish whether or not an investigation is possible. If you do not wish to speak to the Police, the information from Form B remains in the Police system as intelligence.
To complete the forms online, please click here.
 
You will be taken directly to Form A, which asks for your contact details.
 
On completion of Form A, please click (Complete Form B) on the bottom of the page .
 
Form B asks for details on the offender and the offence. You do not have to fill out all the fields if you do not have all of the information.
 
The first question on Form B asks if you wish to have the police contact you directly. If you tick ‘yes’ to this question, your name and contact details will be forwarded along with the information you provide through Form B. If you tick ‘no’, no identifying information will be provided to the police and as stated earlier, the police will contact Bravehearts with the forms identifying number should they wish to speak to you. A Bravehearts representative will then contact you to ask if you wish to speak to the police. Please note we will only pass on your details if you give us permission.
 
On the completion of Form B you have the option to submit or to complete a separate Form B if you are reporting on more than one offender. Please note that if there are multiple offenders, a separate Form B must be completed for each one. If this is the case please click (Complete Form B for another offender) at the bottom of Form B. 
 
Once you have submitted these forms the information from Form B will be forwarded by Bravehearts to the relevant police.
 
A Bravehearts representative will contact you within 3 working days of receiving your forms to confirm that we have received them. If you do not hear from us, please contact our advocacy team on 07 5552 3000.
 
Please contact Bravehearts at any time if you have any questions about your participation in SADS. 
 
More Information
 
 For more information, please download our SADS brochure here, or alternatively, email us and one of our qualified staff will respond to you as soon as possible.