Sexual violence is one of the most important issues facing Australia today, and university campuses have been investigated and found to be hotbeds for sexual assault and harassment. In 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission into Sexual Assault discovered some damning statistics. (AHRC)
- One in 10 female university students say they have been sexually assaulted in the past two years.
- 51% of students were sexually harassed in 2016, and 6.9% of students had been sexually assaulted in either 2015 or 2016.
- Women were sexually assaulted at three times the rate of male students (2.9%), and that perpetrators were most likely to be male.
What is perhaps the most worrying fact to come out of all of this is that only 9% of all victims of sexual assault actually reported what had happened to them.
If you have experienced any kind sexual violence, you can feel safe in reporting and talking about it.
On behalf of all of us behind the Reasonable Standard project, we wish you the best and ask you to please seek help if you need it. There will always be people to listen and support you so never be afraid to reach out.
What is Monash doing?
As part of the ‘Respect, Now, Always’ campaign, Monash has implemented three resources for you to use.
Call University Security
9905 3333 or 333 from a Monash phone. University security is available 24/7 for any on-the-spot help in and around campus. If you are feeling unsafe walking around at night or early in the morning, call them and explain your situation, they will be happy to escort you to your car or the bus loop.
Safer Community Unit
9905 1599 or 51599 from a Monash phone. The Safer Community Unit can be contacted if you need any information, or wish to report someone or something concerning inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour.
Confidential Counselling Service
Monash also provides free and confidential counselling and psychological services. Call 9905 3020 or 53020 from a Monash phone to make appointments.
External Resources for you
The Philly Survivor Support Collective has created an incredibly detailed and supportive PDF resource dedicated to survivors of sexual assault. In it, you will find strategies on supporting yourself and how to go about seeking genuine help. You can find and print it here.
The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence (SECASA) offers a range of services including counselling for victim/survivors of sexual and physical assault, children from the age of 4 and adults, female and male. The Centre also works with non-offending family members, partners, caregivers and support workers. Their website can be found here.
The National support service 1800RESPECT is open 24 hours a day and provides free counselling and support. Your call or online chat will be answered by someone who:
- Understands sexual, domestic and family violence
- Knows how hard it can be to talk about it
- Listens and believes you
- Understands that everyone’s situation is different and that no one knows your situation better than you
- Can talk through options and help you decide what information, people or services will be most helpful for you.