THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
NATIONAL REPORT ON SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES
A new report released today by the Human Rights Commission says more than half of university students were sexually harassed last year.
This is a truly disturbing finding that demands urgent action.
It is unacceptable that so many sexual assaults on university campuses go unreported to universities.
It is unacceptable that there are perpetrators abusing their positions of power within universities.
It is unacceptable that not all residential colleges are providing a safe environment for students.
It is unacceptable that so many students still don't understand issues of consent.
It doesn't matter where sexual assault happens, it is always a crime - it should always be taken seriously as a crime. There must be strong measures in place to prevent it, and support services available to victims.
Some universities have taken steps to address these significant issues. But it is clear there is still much work to do, including the systematic review of university policies recommended by the Human Rights Commission.
This is an important report. Labor will work through it in detail.
If you need support, help is available
• National university support line: 1800 572 224 (From 31 July to 30 November 2017)
• 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
• Lifeline: 131114
• Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
TUESDAY, 1 AUGUST 2017