Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

PEO­PLE do not head into univer­sity ex­pect­ing to be victims of sex­ual as­sault or sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The univer­sity experience is meant to be about set­ting stu­dents up with spe­cial­ist knowl­edge to help them ex­cel later in life.

It is also an op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish in­de­pen­dence by giv­ing stu­dents the free­dom to fol­low a field in­ter­est­ing to them.

It was shock­ing to read that for all the el­e­ments that go into empowering peo­ple study­ing at univer­sity, there are some that wrong­fully threaten the experience of oth­ers.

Of 30,000 stu­dents sur­veyed for the Change the Course re­port, re­leased by the Aus­tralian Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, 21 per cent (6300 stu­dents) said they had been sex­u­ally ha­rassed in 2016 and 1.6 per cent (480 stu­dents) had been sex­u­ally as­saulted in 2015 or 2016.

Sex Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sioner Kate Jenk­ins said the two crimes are oc­cur­ring at an un­ac­cept­able rate, but re­ally any amount of this crime is too much.

Bryce Luff, Re­porter

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