Daily Bulletin

The Conversation

  • Written by Michael Courts, Editor, The Conversation
image

Universities Australia (UA), the peak body representing Australia’s 39 universities, will on Tuesday launch a survey designed to shed light on student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.

The survey is the most comprehensive of its kind undertaken in Australian universities. It will form a key part of a UA campaign announced in February to tackle sexual assault and harassment.

“For many of those who have been attacked or abused, the damage of sexual assault and sexual harassment cannot be undone. The impact of these incidents reverberates throughout a lifetime,” said UA chair and Western Sydney University vice-chancellor Barney Glover.

“We know we cannot continue to improve how universities respond and support those students who need us most without hearing from the students themselves.”

“This is another important step to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in Australia’s universities,” said Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, which will conduct the survey.

The UA campaign against sexual assault follows a series of on-campus screenings of The Hunting Ground, a US documentary about sexual assault on college campuses and the failure of college administrations to address it.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said: “Over the past year, we have heard a great deal about sexual assault and sexual harassment of university students. These reports are worrying.

“The data we expect to collect from this survey will provide the evidence needed to continue to develop effective prevention strategies and responses.”

A representative sample of students from all Australian universities will be asked to complete this survey. Those not selected can share their experiences anonymously here. Submissions will be open until late 2016.

If you need help or support to deal with sexual assault or sexual harassment, please call 1800 RESPECT.

Authors: Michael Courts, Editor, The Conversation

Read more http://theconversation.com/universities-australia-to-survey-prevalence-of-sexual-abuse-on-campuses-64236

Australia has record job vacancies, but don't expect it to lead to higher wages

arrow_forward

Concerned about overeating? Here's what you need to know about food addiction

arrow_forward

Curriculum is a climate change battleground and states must step in to prepare students

arrow_forward

The Conversation
INTERWEBS DIGITAL AGENCY

Business News

4 Things To Look For In A Customs Broker

Running a business entails the teamwork of many professionals. Some work within the four walls of the main business premises while others work outside. One of those who work in the field is a cust...

NewsServices.com - avatar NewsServices.com

Why Do People Need a Salesforce Consultant

If you’re an experienced user of Salesorce, you might take advantage of the many Salesforce Certification Resources available to you and become a salesforce consultant. It could mean a whole new car...

Daily Bulletin - avatar Daily Bulletin

Enquiries for franchises through the roof: Jim Penman offers advice to people

COVID has created a ‘homedemic’ of people who want to continue to work from home or work their own hours without having to go back into the office and deal with a bad boss all day. According to J...

Tess Sanders Lazarus - avatar Tess Sanders Lazarus