Train Students and Staff to Prevent Sexual Assault
Right now we’re in the middle of a national revelation exposing just how rife sexual assault is in our universities.
Fair Agenda, a community campaigning organisation, is running a petition calling on university residences to do everything possible to create a safe environment for students — starting with training all students and relevant staff in consent and the prevention of sexual assault.
Can you go to www.fairagenda.org/residences to add your voice, and share with your friends and family?
University residences are in a critical position to lead this change. Each year they run social programs for new students during ‘O-week’, and are responsible for creating a home-away-from home for thousands of students at university.
Fair Agenda has contacted over 220 Australian University residences with a survey asking what, if any, training they’ll be providing to students and relevant staff in 2017, and we need a groundswell of community voices calling on them to take action.
We know that too many students don’t know what it means to get informed consent; and don’t have a framework to understand and explain if there isn’t consent. What’s more, students say that staff dealing with disclosures often don’t know how to respond – which means they’re at risk of further traumatising students who have worked up the courage to report their assault.
Together – as parents, students, alumni and the community – we can ensure all university residences commit to preventing sexual assault as a number one priority, and will train all our young people attending university on-campus in 2017.