Sexual assault at universities comes under review spotlight

Our Watch Chief Executive Patty Kinnersly will lead a working group examining on-campus safety and stopping sexual assault, writes Andrew Brown for The Canberra Times. The organisation is a national leader in the prevention of violence against women and their children. Education Minister Jason Clare said the group would begin its work next week.

“We have to get this right. Safety on campus has been talked about for long enough, the statistics are shocking,” he told parliament on Wednesday 9 August 2023. “One in 20 students reported being sexually assaulted since starting university, according to the 2021 national student safety survey, and one in six reported being sexually harassed.”

Clare said concerns had been raised about the response to sexual assault on campus, including inconsistent complaint processes and a lack of resources. The issues have been brought up as part of the universities accord reform. The final report of the accord panel, which is looking at higher education sector reform, will be handed down at the end of the year.
Full report on The Canberra Times site