… TO COMBAT SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT AT UNIVERSITIES

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#NeverOK, the anti-sexual assault and harassment at universities campaign, today launched new LGBTIQ+ resources and education materials targeted at raising awareness of support services and education around the prevalence of the issue within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community.

The launch of these new targeted materials comes after the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission report ‘Change the Course’ which helped provide an accurate picture of the nature and extent of sexual assault and sexual harassment at universities, and how universities respond to these incidents.

The report found that 75% of the LGBTIQ+ community faced some form of sexual harassment in 2016 and trans people were 45% more likely to have been sexually harassed in a university setting Methan women and men.

Convenor of the #NeverOK Campaign Clark Cooley said “As a community, LGBTIQ+ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalisation, putting the community at a greater risk for sexual assault and harassment at our Universities. The community also faces higher rates of hate-motivated violence, which can often take the form of sexual assault.”

Mr Cooley continued “For LGBTIQ+ survivors of sexual harassment and assault, their identities – and the discrimination they face surrounding those identities – often make them hesitant to seek help from police, hospitals, shelters or rape crisis centres, the very resources that are supposed to help them.”

“We encourage anyone who has survived these types of attacks to report them and seek support using support services listed on our website: neverok.org/lgbtiq”

Never OK is a student led campaign against sexual harassment and assault at Australian Universities. We believe everyone has the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment and that sexual harassment and assault is Never OK.

You can find out more about the campaign at www.neverok.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/neverokaustralia
Clark Cooley, Convenor, #NeverOK Australia Campaign