Last week, a landmark report from the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia found that 51 per cent of students were sexually assaulted in either 2015 or 2016.
The study, commissioned by Universities Australia, formed part of the “Respect. Now. Always.” campaign launched in February last year with the aims of raising awareness of sexual harassment and obtaining data to inform and guide university policies and practices.
Abby Stapleton, Women’s Officer at the National Union of Students (Australia), commented that the findings of the report demonstrated the serious “institutional failings of Australian universities”.
As such, the NUS UK Women’s Campaign would like to extend their unwavering support and solidarity with student activists in Australia, and those involved in the #EndRapeOnCampus hashtag globally.
It is important we recognise the collective struggles of survivors worldwide, and the need for the Higher Education sector to do more in the interest of student survivors in our classrooms and on our campuses.
Hareem Ghani, NUS UK Women’s Officer