The Hunting Ground

Uni Residences: Train Students and Staff to Prevent Sexual Assault

Right now in our universities, sexual assault is occurring at an alarming rate, with young people being sexually assaulted in frightening numbers. 1

Training students and staff in consent and sexual assault prevention is critical - and making sure every campus residence is providing it is the first place to start. University residences are in a perfect position to lead that change, as the home-away-from home for thousands of students at university. They have the chance to be at the forefront of preventing sexual assault.

Will you join the call for university residences to do everything possible to create a safe environment for students -- starting with training all students and relevant staff in consent and the prevention of sexual assault?

Then see Fair Agenda's live list of which residences are committed to providing consent training so far.

*If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 support.


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Sources/more information

1. "Sunday Night" program, Channel 7, 25 Sept 2016

2. Data from Our Watch(“The Line”report, 22 Feb 2016) shows a quarter of young people think it’s ‘normal’ for a boy to pressure girls to perform sexual acts.

3. Why do we need training, as a response to sexual assault? In the 2015 ‘Talk About It’ survey conducted by the National Union of Students, hundreds of students reported that they had had sexual intercourse when they felt unable to consent. Of the 1,000 respondents; 25% reported an unwanted sexual experience, and 7% reported that they had been raped. Too many students don’t know what it means to get informed consent; and don’t have a framework to understand and explain if there isn’t consent. What’s more, students say that staff dealing with disclosures often don’t know how to respond - which means they’re at risk of further traumatising students who have worked up the courage to report their assault.


Dear Australian university residences,

We are calling on all university residences to do everything possible to prevent sexual assault on campuses across Australia.

We urge every university residence to ensure that all students and relevant campus staff are provided with best-practice training in sexual consent and prevention of sexual assault during 2017.


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