CAMPUS CRIMES UNACCEPTABLE
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