Report lifts the lid on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in Australian universities

More than 30,000 students were surveyed by the Australian Human Rights Commission last year to Change The Course of the report, the conclusions of which have been declared to be “concerning”.

Half of all students said they were sexually harassed at least once by 2016, and one in five experienced in a university setting.

Seven percent of students overall experienced a sexual assault while 1.6% of these took place in uk itself in 2015 or 2016.

Hundreds of deeply personal submissions were received and many are included in the report, such as the story of a male student to expose his genitals to a woman in the middle of a course.

The sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins spoke also of women affected by men in the course of the class, a rape that occurred after a college party and a college student who was repeatedly victim of sexual harassment by a lecturer during their return trip on public transport.

Half of all students said they were sexually harassed at least once by 2016, and one in five experienced in a university setting.

“A woman told us that she was raped by a former student leader who has been running (a week of orientation camp),” Ms. Jenkins said at the presentation of the report.

“Later, she was heard to say that he had already violated a student at one of these camps, and no action has been a result.”

Sex assaults were likely to occur at the university or higher education institution in social events, in the college setting or in public transport, ” she said.

A number of comments heard shocking details of bullying, and other college traditions involving a sexual assault or harassment.

“We have also heard of hazing and the other colleges, the traditions … these have been widely documented in the media,” Ms. Jenkins said.

“The fact that these behaviors continue to exist, and that they involve sexual assault and harassment, it is very disturbing.”

There was a perception among students that the college staff were aware of such conduct, but “did nothing to prevent it.”

The vast majority of the victims have taken no official action, saying that they did not know where to go for help or were not sure of the severity of the incident.

Perhaps adding to the reluctance to report assault or harassment, it was found that 45% of victims knew the perpetrator.Universities Australia called the “zero tolerance” on sexual assault -5:35

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