John struggles to engage with people because of his background and disability. He was referred to SECCA for help with setting boundaries and developing skills to build healthy relationships.
We support the right to respectful relationships and safe sexual expression for everyone
SECCA is a non-profit that supports people with disability to learn about relationships, sexuality, and sexual health.
Our team collaborates with mainstream providers and the disability sector, shining light on the double taboo of sexuality-disability. At the core of SECCA is our understanding around the vulnerability of our clients who live at the intersection of disability, mental health, criminality, and social services.
Through therapeutic support and education, we aim to build capacity in individuals to achieve positive relationships and sexual expression in a way that suits them. We see systemic changes in relationships and sexuality education as crucial to fulfilling human rights, and reducing the disproportionate violence, abuse and exploitation experienced by people with disability.
For SECCA, advocacy is simply raising awareness of the issues impacting our clients, and their unique needs. This is how we support the core services we are funded to deliver. It usually takes the form of submissions to enquiries and Commissions, and meeting with people of influence to inform and share research.
We advocate for:
Comprehensive Relationship and Sexuality Education and Protective Behaviours Education for people with disability, and training in this area for their teachers and significant carers
(including in regional and remote areas, and ATSI and CaLD communities);
Specialist disability and sexuality services with secure funding to ensure people with
disability have appropriate support following sexual violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation;
A review of actions needed to address people with disability’s over-representation in the Criminal Justice System including education for individuals and law enforcement officers,
and a reflection on associated issues and risks around human rights, family break-down,
incarceration and reoffending, and economic costs.
Royal Commission into the Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) was established in April 2019 and is considering a range of issues, including:
- preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
- promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
It is looking at these issues across all environments, including schools, hospitals, workplaces and homes.
SECCA supports the DRC and has submitted this response.
Helping our clients
We are supporting our clients who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, to tell their stories to the DRC. This includes helping you access free services provided by the Commission or the Australian Government for advocacy, legal advice, and emotional support.
Please talk with your SECCA counsellor, or contact us on 08 9420 7226.
You can find further information here:
- The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) website
- About the DRC
- Easy read: ‘Sharing your experience with the DRC ‘
- Easy read : ‘A Guide to your Private Session’
- Infographic: ‘Making a Submission’
- Infographic: ‘Sharing your story in a Private Session’
Anyone can make a submission to the DRC, regardless of whether they have submitted their story to a previous commission eg Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, or an ongoing Royal Commission eg Aged Care Quality and Safety.