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.
30,930 students from 39 Australian universities responded to the Respect. Now. Always. survey, commissioned by Universities Australia.
- 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.