Content warning: sexual assault and harassment

Two years ago the Change the Course report released information about the occurrence of sexual assault and harassment on campus. At the University of Melbourne 50% of students reported experiencing sexual harassment at university in 2016.

We demand safety on campus. On Wednesday the 21st of August we will be participating in an Australia wide National Day of Action. We will be standing in solidarity with victims across the country. We hear you, and we believe you. We are going to fight for a safer campus, because it is everyone’s right to feel safe while accessing education.

Our action will be a peaceful protest on South Lawn. We will be planting 500 red flags on South Lawn to symbolise the epidemic of safety on campus and the inaction taken by our universities.

If you have would like to report any instances of sexual harassment on campus we encourage you to contact Safer Communities ( 9035 8675). If you need to access any counselling services they are available from the University Counselling and Psychological Services ( 8344 6927).

You can find the event on our Facebook, UMSU Women’s Department, here.

*this event is non-autonomous, meaning anyone can attend. We strongly encourage everyone to attend as safety on campus is not only a women’s issue.

The UMSU Women’s Department acknowledges that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this event. We acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.