The Hunting Ground

Uni Residences: Invest in training to prevent sexual assault

Young women attending universities are being sexually assaulted at horrifying rates - and last year's Australian Human Rights Commission report shows that those living in uni residences are at a particularly high risk.

Although students living on campus made up just 7% of respondents to the AHRC study, they made up 34% of those who reported sexual assault. It's a horrifying statistic. What's more, the same report showed that 63% of students who had witnessed another student being sexually assaulted did not take action in response, many because they didn't know what to do. 

Training in consent and sexual violence is absolutely critical to address sexual violence on campus. Students should be taught about informed and active consent; how to intervene safely if they think someone else might be unsafe; and how to respond if one of their friends discloses that they've been assaulted.

Can 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?

You can view the results of Fair Agenda's 2018 residence training survey here.

*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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A Human Rights Commission Report into sexual violence on campus revealed that 1 in 10 female university students had been sexually assaulted in 2015 or 2016, and that women living on campus are at particularly high risk. Only 7% of students were living on campus in 2015/16. But those students made up 34% of those who were sexually assaulted in the same two year period.

Why do we need training? Too many students don’t know what it means to get informed consent; and genuinely want to know more about how to have good, consensual sex. They need the tools to understand how to ethically approach decision making around their sexual relationships; and also how to safely intervene if they think a friend might be at risk. What’s more, students say that staff dealing with disclosures often don’t know how to respond - training welfare staff is important to ensure that a student who has worked up the courage to come forward isn't re-traumatised by the process. 


Sign the petition

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.


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Latest activity

Sandra , 5016  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:23:57 +1100
"We have dropped the training agenda for several generations now in terms of training and awareness of SH – we worked so hard to do this and wrongly assumed the job was ‘done’. Organisations have to ensure that policies. procedures and strategies to keep women safe are known and practised."
Monique , 2165  /  signed 2018-02-20 20:06:41 +1100
linda , 2095  /  signed 2018-02-20 18:38:17 +1100
David , 4509  /  signed 2018-02-20 17:54:35 +1100
Penelope , 3121  /  signed 2018-02-20 16:27:08 +1100
"Everyone just needs to be left alone to live their lives. No one want’s lewd or inappropriate comments or gesticulations directed at them, and no one wants to be a target of inappropriate behavior or remarks."
Rosemary , 4066  /  signed 2018-02-20 10:50:40 +1100
"Sexual assault and rape (no not just the same) are abuses of human dignity, where drug abuse at residences is blamed for the criminal action of abusers. All Australians should have rights to Peace, Dignity, Safety."
Sonia , 5174  /  signed 2018-02-20 00:45:28 +1100
"Universities..perfect places for cultural ‘norms’ of male violation of females..been going on and virtually approved of by management for decades..Time’s Up blokes!!!!!!!!"
Andrea , 2204  /  signed 2018-02-19 15:15:30 +1100
"The culture among residents of Roberts Hall at Monash Uni in 2005 was thankfully sympathetic to anyone who’d been the target of a couple of known predators. But we didn’t seriously consider reporting the perps because we didn’t expect anything would or could be done. It was just a hazard that we helped each other avoid, or an outcome that we comforted each other through. It’s time to do better."
Jean , 2285  /  signed 2018-02-19 13:48:45 +1100
"I am a retired academic and, sadly, it does not surprise me that this cause still has to be publicised and supported."
Steve , 2538  /  signed 2018-02-19 13:46:50 +1100
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