April 1 marked the launch of this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
SAAM, in its second year in Tasmania, aims to provide opportunities for individuals and organisations to raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse and assault.
The focus of the month also aims to educate the community on how sexual assault can be prevented.
The month was launched by Premier Peter Gutwein, along with Sexual Assault Support Service chief executive officer Jill Maxwell and Laurel House's acting chief executive officer Frances Pratt.
Ms Maxwell said SASS broke all records for its services last month.
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"More and more ... people are seeking help and support," she said.
"I have been at SASS [for] six years and I have never seen the amount of referrals that we are getting at the moment."
Ms Pratt said Laurel House had also seen an increase in demand for both historical and more recent cases of sexual assault.
"The community lately have been exposed to a lot of media and press around the issues and that can be triggering and confronting for people, even if it's not something that they have personally had experience with," she said.
Ms Pratt said there were still conversations to be had when it came to sexual assault.
"It's often something that's not spoken about in homes, in schools, in organisations, institutions, and it's a conversation we would love to broach with people."
A program of activities for SAAM will run during April to engage with the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as the community.
The activities will include webinars, Light up for SAAM, Wear Teal Tuesday and a raffle.
"We know that sexual violence is the most under reported crime, and it does take a lot of courage," Ms Maxwell said.
"Our service is there to support people."
For more information on how to get involved or learn more visit sass.org.au/sexual-assault-awareness-month.
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