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How to participate in ARO Step 1 for ARO – Sexual Crime Survey Form
Step 2 for ARO – Consent to Obtain Medical Results ARO Mailing address

ARO (formerly Project USA – Unreported Sexual Assault) provides the survivor an alternative option to making a formal complaint.  Many survivors have reasons for not officially reporting the crimes of sexual assault or rape.  ARO gives the survivor the opportunity to provide police with the full circumstances of their assault with the option of remaining anonymous if they wish.

ARO does not involve any judicial process.

ARO can be an extremely useful healing strategy for the survivor and an effective investigative strategy for law enforcement agencies. Survivors can feel empowered by knowing that the information they possess and provide could be used to solve reported offences of a similar nature.

Police can use this information to:

  • assist other prosecutions against an offender; and
  • protect the community by enabling police to devise intelligence driven strategies designed to target an offender and reduce repeat offending.

You have the option when completing the form to have a police officer contact you and discuss your situation. 

How to participate in ARO

Irrespective of your age at the time of the offence and irrespective of how many years ago the offence took place:

  1. Are you the survivor of a sexual assault?
  2. Did it occur anywhere in QUEENSLAND?

If you answered yes to the above questions you may participate in the ARO process.

If you want your matter investigated by police call them now.  Police station locator.

If you do not want a suspect prosecuted but would like the police to know about the rape or sexual assault then continue using ARO. Participation in ARO is voluntary. Please follow the two steps below.

Step 1 for ARO – Sexual Crime Survey Form

Please complete the online Sexual Assault Survey form. Please note, by completing this online form you are NOT making a formal complaint to the Queensland Police Service.

Alternatively you can print and complete the Sexual Crime Survey Form (Sexual Crime Survey Form|350720|application/msword 343 KB). This form can be hand written. Once the form is completed please mail it to:

Alternative Reporting Options (ARO)
Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group
State Crime Operations Command
Queensland Police Service
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane Queensland 4001

Or email the form to AlternativeReportingOptions@police.qld.gov.au

You can remain anonymous if you wish.

N.B. When completing the form particularly the summary of assault/incident page, please provide as much detail as possible regarding the circumstances leading up to, during and after the sexual assault / rape.  The more detail regarding the offender’s behaviour and what they did will greatly assist police in how this information is used.

Step 2 for ARO – Consent to Obtain Medical Results

DID YOU ATTEND A DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL FOR A MEDICAL EXAMINATION AS A RESULT OF THE ASSAULT?

If you attended a doctor or hospital shortly after the assault you can provide consent for the police to access any swabs or other physical evidence taken by the medical practitioner. As with step one, step two is also voluntary. If police access this physical evidence, they may be able to use it to generate a DNA profile of the offender. This profile may be able to identify the offender at another crime scene and assist police in protecting the public from future assaults by the offender.

If you would like police to access your medical records please complete the Consent to Release of Information to the Police.doc (Consent to Release of Information to the Police.doc|20480|application/msword 20 KB). You need to sign this form so please follow these instructions:

  • print a copy of the 'Consent to Release of Information to the Police';
  • complete each section of the 'Consent to Release of Information to the Police';
  • post the form to:

Alternate Reporting Options (ARO)
Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group
State Crime Operations Command
Queensland Police Service
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane Queensland 4001

Or scan the document and email to:
AlternativeReportingOptions@police.qld.gov.au


 

Last updated 21/08/2013