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.

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.

-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

3,935 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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Cherie , 4650  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:44:38 +1100
"Kangaroo courts are not acceptable, or lawful, in this country…..EVER."
Jeff , 3178  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:42:04 +1100
"Don’t believe this trumped up rubbish. 100’s are being ‘assaulted’ by unwelcome looks and ‘whistles’ on public transport and public outings. This has already been proven to be bogus overseas, don’t let Australia fall for the same crap.
Grow up."
Luke , 5041  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:32:42 +1100
"Courts and the police should investigate such serious allegations not Uni groups. Also there are no safer places in the world than Australian Universities. Perhaps indigenous communities or low income areas should be the focus."
Daniel , 2745  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:17:34 +1100
Mary , 2534  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:14:53 +1100
Aaron , 6078  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:10:42 +1100
"This game of destroying people’s lives without due process or evidence has become truly dangerous."
Rodger , 4503  /  signed 2019-01-29 18:07:21 +1100
"Only trained judges and solicitors should judicate rape or accusations of rape"
Craig , 2170  /  signed 2019-01-29 17:57:57 +1100
"False allegations can destroy people"
Anne , 7000  /  signed 2019-01-29 17:47:04 +1100
Julian , 3085  /  signed 2019-01-29 17:43:13 +1100
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