Universities in Australia have a serious problem with sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s survey, released today, documents that large numbers of students have experienced sexual assault and harassment.
This is no surprise. National and international studies have already established that the risks of sexual and dating violence are highest among university-aged populations. And key risk factors for sexual violence, including sexist norms and gender inequalities, thrive in some campus contexts.
Universities are already adopting systems and policies for responding to victims and survivors. But they also must act to prevent sexual assault and harassment from happening in the first place.