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.

After months of campaigning from Fair Agenda and our partners for a bipartisan commitment to a Taskforce on campus sexual violence, the Australian Labor Party have committed to establish an independent and expert-led Taskforce if elected.

But this shouldn't be a partisan issue, and students shouldn't have to wait for a change of Government for this important safety measure.

Can you help build the pressure on the Minister to urgently act by signing the petition?  

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Since February 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, former Education Minister Birmingham was ready to announce a Taskforce on campus sexual assault. It's appalling that new Minister Tehan has failed to establish the Taskforce, despite having months to do so.


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.



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.


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Kathryn , 7000  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:10:14 +1100
"Just like social events, our streets at night, our homes, workplaces, schools & places of worship & society at large, universities should be safe places for women. Places of higher learning also have a role in educating young people about what it is to be decent, respectful human beings."
Margaret , 4070  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:09:38 +1100
Paulus , 3140  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:08:40 +1100
"If I had anything to say in this matter and the man who did this is the culprit, I would send him to a hospital and castrate him. Put all his details on the Internet and in papers. I think you will see a decline in rapes. It is trastic but the only way to cure this."
Coco , 2126  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:08:13 +1100
"“Time’s up”!!!!! What are you doing about it?"
Diane , 5038  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:08:04 +1100
"It seems violence in schools in the US and Australia is becoming normal. This horror needs to be examined and eradicated as youths cannot grow into healthy adults from such violent backgrounds."
David , 3102  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:07:47 +1100
"Because sexual violence and abuse of power is wrong and must not be permitted under any circumstances."
Kate , 0000  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:07:28 +1100
"It’s horrendous to think our children are at risk. DO something."
Elizabeth , 3453  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:05:14 +1100
Anne , 3146`  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:04:49 +1100
"There’s momentum now, at last, for the redress of the power imbalance between male/female in society. Universities, because of their cohort, are ripe for sexual violence. Address this issue now, urgently."
Dianne , 7005  /  signed 2018-02-22 16:04:27 +1100
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