Landmark report reveals half of university students sexually harassed

Professor Margaret Gardner, Universities Australia Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Sophie Johnston, National Union of Students President, photograph courtesy of Eleanor Harrison-Dengate

Shocking numbers have come out of the first report to ever quantify Australia’s universities’ sexual assault and harassment problem.

Findings showed that 1.6% of students were sexually assaulted in a university setting, with 21% of those assaults occurring at a social event at university or a residence social event.

Universities have pledged to work holistically to combat the issue.

Another survey will be conducted in three years’ time.


If this report raised any issues for you, don’t hesitate to call the following help lines:

Sexual Assault Helpline: 1800 010 120

Domestic Violence: 1800 RESPECT

National University Support Line: 1800 572 224

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