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Bond University tops AHRC survey for sexual harassment

A SURVEY of university students in Australia has revealed the worst campuses for sexual harassment and assault.

The Australian Human Rights Commission surveyed 31,000 students at 39 Australian universities and found one in five of them had experienced sexual harassment in a university setting, which includes travel to and from campus and uni-endorsed events off-campus.

Even if you exclude travel, 21 per cent of students were still sexually harassed in a university setting in 2016.

The report also found 94 per cent of students who were sexually harassed do not make a formal complaint to their university. Of those who were sexually assaulted, 84 per cent did not report it.

Universities also released individual statistics for their campuses.

University of New England students reported the highest percentage of on-campus sexual assaults with 4 per cent of those surveyed saying they had been assaulted in 2015 and/or 2016. This was much higher than the national average of 1.6 per cent.

It was followed by the Australian National University (3.5 per cent), Charles Sturt (3.3 per cent), the University of South Australia (3 per cent) and Bond University (2.7 per cent).

When it came to students being sexually harassed in general, Bond University and ANU both topped the list on 38 per cent, compared to the average of 26 per cent.

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What the AHRC survey did not mention, is how many respondents were sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by Bond University lecturers .

For my experience of sexual harassment and assault at Bond University by a lesbian psychology lecturer (reported to that toothless tiger, the Australian Human Rights Commission 7 years ago) – read here:,6689


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