Sexual Assault on Campus – Staying Safe

No matter which university you attend safety on campus and sexual assault is an ongoing concern for students. Unfortunately females are more prone to sexual assault. The ABS Personal Safety Survey reported that nearly one in five females have experienced some form of sexual assault since the age of 15. This survey also reiterated that females within the age range of 18-24 are the most vulnerable to sexual assault which goes hand in hand with the age range of majority of University students.

In February, 2016 Australia’s universities launched an initiative to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment across the education sector. The campaign, “Respect. Now. Always.” is aimed to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment for both males and females on campus and increase the visibility of support services for students.

Although the rising numbers of sexual assault and harassment for both males and females on campus is rising there are ways to protect yourself and be more aware on campus.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

All this may seem to be common sense it’s important to stress that you should always be aware of where you are, what your surroundings are and be cautious.

 Don’t Wear Headphones at Night

 

 

An important aspect of being aware of your surroundings is to listen to everything. When you have headphones in you might miss the subtle footsteps behind you.

 

Be Careful in Parking Garages

Parking garages allow you to be more vulnerable because majority of times they’re dark and it’s not as easy to see shadows. If you’re going to be on campus late at night it may be best to park near campus in an open parking lot. However, that isn’t always an option so if you do park in a garage try and locate the security officer and keep your car keys in your hand so you’re not distracted trying to find them in your bag and miss something

 

Walk with a Friend

Sexual assaults and harassment can happen during the day or night, it’s important that you try and walk with someone if walking at night or during the day try and stay around people.

 

 

 

Sexual Assault and harassment on campus is not something to take lightly. You must be aware and cautious that although Australia is a wonderful and overall safe country, assault and harassment can happen anywhere at anytime.

 

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or

1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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