150 submissions about sexual assault or harassment at Australian universities
With lots of juicy young people thrown together what else would you expect? The real surprise is that there are only 150 claims out of a million or more students. And what do the do-gooders want to do about it? Have every male student tracked 24/7? It's a complete absurdity. You can't outlaw human nature. Talk about campus rape is a huge fashion in the Anglosphere these days but evidence that it is unusual for the age group always seems to be missing
150 “deeply disturbing” submissions about sexual assault or harassment at Australian universities have already been received by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), one week after launching its landmark survey into sexism on campus.
For the first time, the AHRC are surveying samples of students from Australia’s 39 universities, and have also invited all students to anonymously share their experiences of sexual assault or harassment in an online submission.
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs told Hack that she’s already shocked by the submissions that are trickling in.
“The survey launched only 5 or 6 days ago, and we’re already getting unprecedented submissions from the public, from students.
“We’ve had about 150 submissions, and they are deeply disturbing. They range from the internet harassment kinds of stalking, to profoundly serious matters, which are criminal.”
Gillian Triggs said some of the respondents reported being dragged out of a car and raped; being sexually assaulted; experiencing inappropriate sexual movements; or having their clothes taken off them at a party.
“It’s almost as if the dam is bursting, people want to talk about this.”
Gillian Triggs told Hack she believes people feel more comfortable talking about assault and harassment in a confidential survey.
“I think when you have that kind of opportunity, you do get a very high number of people saying, ‘this is my opportunity to talk about something’.
“These recent submissions are often prefaced by the remark, ‘I didn’t report this, but’.”
Gillian Triggs says there’s huge extremes in the nature of students’ submissions so far, and it’s too early to see if there’s any trends emerging. But she hopes that the survey will be able to show if the amount and nature of sexual harassment on campus is different to the general population.
“We all know that every week in the media there’s another story [about sexual harassment] from a university college, or a university pretty much happening all over Australia.
“One of the things we’d like to know is whether the incidence of these sexual harassments from minor matters to very serious rapes, whether this is any different from the rest of the community. We don’t know the answer to that.”
Over the past few months, Hack has reported on several stories about sexual assault and harassment of university students.