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.

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. 

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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.

Signed,

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Faristian , 3053  /  signed 2017-08-30 15:23:46 +1000
Frank , 4017  /  signed 2017-08-11 10:29:13 +1000
Clare , 2322  /  signed 2017-08-09 05:05:51 +1000
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Daniel , 2070  /  signed 2017-08-06 14:54:06 +1000
Penelope , 2537  /  signed 2017-08-04 12:11:28 +1000
"I have a relative in residence in 2017"
Soumyendra Nath , 2050  /  signed 2017-08-04 11:24:44 +1000
"I am a retired academic and am outraged that such assaults are still in the universities, in 2017. SNM"
Joy , 3934  /  signed 2017-08-02 17:36:24 +1000
"It seems an appalling lack of moral compass, basic human rights and accountability on behalf of some institutions/universities in this case. As an educator, teacher, isn’t it mandatory reporting of abuse in out country, Australia ? I hope these incidents are reported to the police, as they are crimes, that need proper and adequate attention. Transparency and safety of all students in our education system."
Rhianna , 2074  /  signed 2017-08-02 14:52:39 +1000
"I have worked as a tutor at university and I wish we had clear training, support and guidelines to address sexual assault and rape culture at university."
Denise , 08863  /  signed 2017-08-02 03:14:43 +1000
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