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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.

Can you add your voice here to make sure residences know the whole community wants them to take this issue seriously?

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.

Add your voice, and invite your friends and family to join you, here.