End rape on campus at UON
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In 2015, the National Union of Students released a report indicating that 72% of female students had experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, unwelcome sexual behaviour, stalking or rape.
94% of students who experienced sexual assault, harassment or violence didn’t report the incident and, of those who did, an overwhelming majority were dissatisfied with the outcome.
The University of Newcastle's one size fits all reporting methods largely contribute to the under reporting of student's sexual assault. It's time for this to change.
The NUSA Women's Collective and Queer Collective calls on the University of Newcastle to adopt a number of measures including:
- Improve lighting on campus in areas where visibility is low (including the pathways to residences, the pathway between the Shortland and Hunter sides of Callaghan campus, in all car parks especially the over flow carparks and around The Forum)
- Recognise that sexual assault is a unique form of complaint and implement new systems of reporting that are tailored to the sensitive and specific needs of survivors. This includes abolishing the current one size fits all reporting policy.
- Acknowledge the roles that drug and alcohol use play in sexual assault and condemn the abuse of such substances in venues across campus. This includes ongoing awareness campaigns that address the issue of substance abuse not only in the Godfrey Tanner Bar and Bar on the Hill but also amongst the residences.
- Implement mandatory training programs for all residents living on campus that addresses reporting processes, calls out rape culture and aims to reduce the number of sexual assault cases in residences and on campus
- Offer a formal apology to all people who have been let down by the sub-par reporting processes offered by The University of Newcastle.
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