Sex Crimes Investigations 2021

Detective Leading Senior Constable Brett Sniegowski takes us through the investigation into the 2019 sexual assault of Dimity, who joins us next week. We discuss the criticisms levelled at police by sexual assault victims and their families in the past and how investigators are working to improve their methods.

Thank you to Detective Leading Senior Constable Brett Sniegowski and Detective Inspector Juliann Goldrick, and thank to Victoria Police Media.

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When it comes to reporting a sexual assault – if the assault has just happened,


·      go somewhere safe, call triple 0 and ask for police.


·      Don’t disturb the area where the assault happened.


·      Don’t bath or shower.


·      Don’t eat or drink anything.


·      Don’t wash or discard the clothing you wore during the assault.



When it comes to reporting historical sexual assault,

that’s any sexual assault that happened days, weeks, months or even years ago, it’s never too late.


Delays in reporting sexual assault are very common for lots of reasons.


If you wish to report historical sexual abuse involving institutional or religious organisations, there’s a dedicated taskforce you can contact. It’s called the Sano Taskforce. You can phone 1800 110 007, or email


All of this information is available on the Victoria Police Website.



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