Documentary gives insight into risks of sexual assault among Australia’s international students

ABC NewsRadio Breakfast, First posted 27/04/2018 at 09:02:46
Half a million international students, most from Asia, are enrolled to study in Australia. It’s the country’s third largest export industry, worth $18 billion.

But Australia’s reputation as a safe and sunny place to study is under threat after widespread disclosures of rape and sexual assault.

Australia: Rape on Campus follows a six-month investigation into sexual assault at the country’s universities, exploring how international students, far from home and family, are especially at risk.

It follows an Australian Human Rights Commission survey which found 1.6 percent of students experienced sexual assault in a university setting in 2015 or 2016, one in five were international students.

Journalist Aela Callan is behind the documentary and she spoke to ABC’s Fiona Ellis-Jones from Berlin.

Her documentary, Australia: Rape on Campus, will be screened on Al Jazeera.

Breaking Down LGBTIQ Discrimination Takes Time

By Dr Niki Vincent, the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in South Australia, in The Conversation

Some of the recent changes to our state legislation will deliver the kind of equality so many people have longed for — but many have not lived to see. These include ways to make it easier for trans and gender diverse people to change their registered gender on documentation, including birth certificates (with their rights to privacy being maintained), and the full legal recognition of relationships regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — including the right to access IVF and adoption.

While changing legal structures like these is a huge leap forward, it’s just the beginning of breaking down a history of discrimination and injustice for LGBTIQ people. What needs to follow now is a profound change in community attitudes that should see LGBTIQ people readily accepted across all areas of society, without fear of discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

University sexual assault report: Half of all Australian students harassed at least once in 2016

ABC News, 1st August 2017

More than half of all university students were sexually harassed on at least one occasion last year, a landmark survey by the Human Rights Commission has found.

Key points:

  • The report found women experienced harassment and assaults at disproportionately higher rates than men
  • Almost a third of harassment took place on university grounds or teaching spaces
  • Residential colleges were also a particular area of concern

All 39 of Australia’s universities will also release data later this morning on the incidence of sexual assaults on their respective campuses.

Infographics from Australian Human Rights Commission at link above

Infographic on sexual assault and harassment at university

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How ethical is sexual assault research?

The Conversation, published April 6, 2017 1.17pm AEST

Thirty-nine Australian universities will now individually release the findings of a national research project on sexual assault and harassment on campus. This case has raised some substantial questions about what constitutes “ethical” research on sexual assault.

Why does it matter if research is ethical or not? And what steps could or should have been taken to ensure that issues such as those the Australian Human Rights Commission now faces are avoided?