Respect. Now. Always. University of Melbourne data
The University of Melbourne has released its data from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) survey into university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
- Of the 2305 Melbourne students who responded, 1.5% reported being sexual assaulted in a university setting in 2015 and/or 2016, a figure comprised of 1.9% of female respondents and 1.1% of male respondents.
- 20% of respondents reported being sexually harassed at university in 2016. One quarter of female respondents and 13% of male respondents reported being sexually harassed at university.
- Higher proportions of the University’s students reported being sexually assaulted and sexually harassed in their lives beyond the University. Overall, 6.2% of respondents reported being victims of sexual assault in 2015 and/0r 2016. 50% reported experiencing sexual harassment.
- 68% of those who were sexually harassed at university said the perpetrator was a student of the university or a student in their place of residence; 10% said the perpetrator was a tutor, lecturer or non-academic university staff member of the university.
- 86% of those who were sexually harassed at university said the perpetrators were males or that males and females were both involved.
- 7% of students reported being sexually harassed on public transport.
- Only 3% of students who were sexually harassed at university indicated they sought support and assistance from the university.
- An overwhelming majority of respondents indicated they had little or no knowledge of University policy on sexual harassment and assault, of where to seek support/assistance and of where to go within the University to make a complaint.
- Formation of a Respect Taskforce, chaired by University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard James to develop strategies to further improve the University’s culture, policies and practices
- Rolling out online training modules to all students in 2018 covering key areas including communication and relationships, bystander intervention and importantly sexual consent
- Strengthening existing Research Higher Degree supervisor training to align with these new training materials
- Making the fact that the University finds sexual assault and sexual harassment unacceptable more visible on campuses
- Increasing student confidence in making disclosures and understanding of processes and possible outcomes
- Improving overall accountability and transparency.