The Red Zone Report
UMSU stands for the safety of students in colleges, on campus and at events. As a university community, it is critical that we take steps to address issues of hazing, sexual assault and safety within residential halls. These issues have been put into the spotlight by the Red Zone Report, published by End Rape on Campus (EROC) and journalist Nina Funnel, and we are disappointed in the findings, especially those concerning the University of Melbourne.
The information in this report is not particularly new to the public. Since the release of the 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) ‘Change the Course’ survey into sexual assault and harassment, and subsequent reports, it has been clear that the university community can be doing more in fostering a better culture on campus. What the EROC Red Zone report in particular highlights is the importance and urgency to act on these issues in colleges. The report shows us the depth of how entrenched issues of safety exist for students who live in residence while it highlights that the University of Melbourne is not exempt from this toxic college culture.
College culture will not improve unless we act. UMSU calls on everyone in the university community to not only rally behind survivors, but to be united in making real change. The momentum around issues of safety on campus will only continue to grow. We need to ensure that our university is proactive in continuing to address and act on these issues.
UMSU stands with survivors – if anyone has lived experiences with any of the situations described in the Red Zone Report’, find support at the following organisations and services:
- Safer Communities: https://safercommunity.unimelb.edu.au/
- UMSU Advocacy Service: 8344 6546
- UMSU Legal Service: 0468 720 668
- CASA (Centre Against Sexual Assault): 1800 806 292
- Beyond Blue (anxiety and depression support): 1300 224 636
- LifeLine (crisis support and suicide prevention): 131 114
Desiree Cai, UMSU President, & the UMSU Women’s Department