Taskforce

Minister: Act urgently to prevent rape at universities

Everyone deserves to learn in a safe environment. But right now, hundreds of university students are being sexually assaulted every week.[1] And media reports show that too many universities and residences are failing to adequately prevent or appropriately respond to this violence.

It’s time universities and residences that jeopardise students' wellbeing are held to account.

Can you join the campaign calling for Minister Tehan to establish a Taskforce to improve student safety?  Sign the petition to get involved.

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Since February 2018 Fair Agenda, End Rape on Campus Australia, National Union of Students and The Hunting Ground Australia Project have been jointly campaigning for an independent, expert-led taskforce with powers to investigate and hold universities and residences to account on sexual violence.

For too long problems with sexual violence in our universities have only been uncovered when affected students coming forward to the media about horrifying and traumatic experiences; often at great personal cost. We can’t keep doing this to students. It’s time for an independent expert-led body that is resourced to track and actively assess what universities and residences are doing to address and prevent sexual violence.

Before the Liberal leadership spill triggered a Ministerial reshuffle in August 2018, former Education Minister Birmingham was ready to announce a Taskforce on campus sexual assault. It's appalling that new Education Minister Tehan has so far failed to follow through on that plan.

-Sources-

Australian Human Rights Commission, Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, 2017, p 49. The survey found 2.3% of women, 1.7% of trans and gender diverse students, and 0.7% of male students were sexually assaulted in a university setting in 2015 and/or 2016.

D for Disgrace, 60 Minutes, 4 March 2018. New students at St Mark's College subject to degrading, sexually abusive hazing, student tells 60 MInutes, The Advertiser, 5 March 2018.

'We were so close': Education Minister shelves sexual assault taskforce for universities, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 2018.

SIGN THE PETITION

3,941 SIGNATURES

To the Federal Education Minister Tehan, 

All students deserve a safe environment in which to learn.

We urge you to address the scourge of sexual violence on university campuses by establishing an independent expert led taskforce to track, assess and publicly report on university and residences’ measures to prevent, and improve responses to sexual violence.

Signed,

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Cristine , 2151  /  signed 2019-08-24 19:54:12 +1000
Ashley , 3072  /  signed 2019-08-21 17:51:04 +1000
Aisa , 5037  /  signed 2019-07-22 12:43:24 +1000
"Because the fact that a country like Australia does not support the safety of students is a disgrace."
Diana , 3053  /  signed 2019-06-03 11:33:31 +1000
"Safety for all women in public spaces especially to be able to learn and advance themselves is of utmost importance."
Sarah , 6169  /  signed 2019-06-02 11:01:21 +1000
Amy , 7162  /  signed 2019-06-01 12:49:00 +1000
"Rape by a fellow student should not be an expected part of anyone’s higher education experience…"
Helen , 3072  /  signed 2019-06-01 12:02:52 +1000
"Women need to study without fear of sexual assault and violence on all Australian campuses."
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Jemma , 4558  /  signed 2019-02-28 21:59:03 +1100
"I’ve been to a university and have witnessed rape culture first hand and I want to see this behaviour eradicated before my future daughter enters a university campus."
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