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Help us address sexual assault and harassment

Last week thousands of students received an email with the subject line: “We need your help to address sexual assault and harassment“.

If you got one of these emails I implore you to open it, read it carefully and submit your response to Australia’s first national study on the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment.

Your response will be anonymous and protected. No one will know what you have said and you should feel empowered to tell the whole truth. If you have been a victim of harassment or assault know that we both want and need to hear your story but it’s up to you to share it. If you have not been randomly selected to participate in the survey or if you want to share more you can make a submission by clicking here.

Personally I am torn. I want to be happy that this is happening. Finally the work of thousands of advocates and representatives, mostly women, will be validated by this process. The information that will be collected by this survey will not be able to be swept away. Another side of me knows that this has been a long time coming, that the job is far from done and that it is too late for some. Research and recognition is but the first step in reshaping our communities to be more safe. Nonetheless, change is coming.

We eagerly anticipate the work that remains to be done and will work with students, the University and our national community to better serve, educate, and protect each other.

If you want to read more about the survey and the Respect. Now. Always campaign you can read up on it here.

If you feel distress at any time during or after participating in this survey or you just need to talk to someone, support is available by calling 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or contacting the University’s Safer Community Program.

Tyson Holloway-Clarke
UMSU President