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University sexual assault report: Half of all students harassed at least once in 2016

The ABC reports (2.8.17) on a new Human Rights Commission study which finds that alarming numbers of women at Australian universities have experienced sexual harassment or assault on campus.

‘More than half of all university students were sexually harassed on at least one occasion last year, a landmark survey by the Human Rights Commission has found.’Fifty-one per cent of students were sexually harassed at least once in 2016, the commission found, while one in four students was sexually harassed in a university setting on at least one occasion in 2016.

‘A university setting includes on campus, travelling to and from uni, and off-campus events organised by the uni or endorsed by it.

‘… Almost a third of harassment took place on university grounds or teaching spaces, and one in five assaulted said it occurred at a university or residence social event. Residential colleges were reported as a particular area of concern.’

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