CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses sexual assault and harassment.
[Media Release] Yesterday (22 November 2018), it was revealed that the new Education Minister Dan Tehan had abandoned a planned federal task force to address sexual assault and harassment on campus and in university residential colleges.
In July, the USASA President Jordan Mumford met with the Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham to discuss the crisis of sexual assault and harassment, as well as reviewing the progress of the yet-announced bipartisan national task force which would oversee Australian universities and residential colleges. “This decision by the Federal Government is nothing short of a disgrace,” said USASA President Jordan Mumford. “This national task force is essential to ensure universities and residential providers are held to account to and that real action is taken to ensure the safety of all students”.
The University of South Australia Student Association (USASA), as well as EROC Australia, Fair Agenda, and the NUS Women’s Department, have lobbied for a body to ensure universities and residential providers are held to account following ongoing reports of sexual assault, harassment, and hazing rituals both on campus and in residential colleges. “We have worked with groups such as End Rape on Campus who have been a strong voice in bringing attention to and addressing this national crisis, and we will not be deterred by the Federal Government’s inaction on this issue,” said USASA President Jordan Mumford.
You can sign a petition to support the campaign for an independent, expert-led taskforce with powers to investigate and hold universities and residences to account on sexual violence here.
If you find this distressing, you can access UniSA’s counselling resources here.
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