The Hunting Ground

Uni Residences: Invest in training to prevent sexual assault

Young women attending universities are being sexually assaulted at horrifying rates - and a recent 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. 


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

Stephen , 2480  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:39:00 +1000
Margaret , 2529  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:36:41 +1000
"Ihave 3 daughters attending universities in NSW and am appalled that these assaults can not only happen so frequently in our universities but that the heads of these institutions could be so disinterested in effecting support to the victims and being proactive in preventing these horrendous crimes from occurring on their premises, without being shamed into action by a petition.
Shame on you all.
The impetus for action should have come from you in the first place, help these victims to the very best of your ability and bring about security measures to give every student a sense of being safe, you’re exorbitant fees should at least give them that."
Brian , 3216  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:30:24 +1000
Margaret , 0830  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:29:09 +1000
"Because we need to protect young woman from sexual predators."
Ian , 3219  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:18:44 +1000
Matilda , 5091  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:16:15 +1000
"All students deserve safe and equal access to education. Bring on a future where sexual assault won’t be associated with studying or living in a university residence."
Sue , 2174  /  signed 2017-07-22 14:05:16 +1000
John , 2016  /  signed 2017-07-22 13:52:05 +1000
Patricia , 2040  /  signed 2017-07-22 13:40:50 +1000
Geoffrey , 5252  /  signed 2017-07-22 13:40:00 +1000
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