Q and A - Respect.Now.Always.

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Q: Do you feel you're doing enough to overcome the problem of assault within the colleges?

A: The work undertaken by UNE regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment is continuing and will be embedded as business as usual for the University.

UNE has a leading role in shaping the conversation and changing attitudes and behaviours on campus and in the wider community around the issue of sexual assault and harassment.

This important and vital work is and will be ongoing.

Q: What is RNA?

A: In February 2016, Australia's universities launched a groundbreaking initiative, Respect.Now.Always, to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment across Universities Australia wide.
The UNE Respect Now Always campaign used screenings of the critically acclaimed feature documentary THE HUNTING GROUND as a tool to start conversations within the university around the incidence of, and responses to, sexual assault and sexual harassment in our university. ‘THE HUNTING GROUD chronicles the personal stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American university campuses.
In August 2017 the Australian Human Rights Commission released the Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities the result of a national survey of over 30,000 students across all 39 Australian universities. The survey results provide evidence of the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment in a university setting. The Commission also collected qualitative data through written submissions, with over 1800 submissions received.
In summary, the survey found that:
• One in five students were sexually harassed in a university setting, excluding travel to and from university in 2016.
• 1.6% of students were sexually assaulted in a university setting, including travel to and from university on at least one occasion in 2015 or 2016.
• 51% of students who were sexually assaulted knew some or all of the perpetrators.
• 45% of students who were sexually harassed knew all or some of the perpetrators.
• 94% of students who were sexually harassed and 87% of students who were sexually assaulted did not make a formal report or complaint to their university.
UNE is now implementing all nine recommendations of the report and is committed to providing a respectful, safe and secure learning, living and working environment. Safety and respect is central to UNE’s culture.

In the words of our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan;
“We will not tolerate sexual assault or harassment at UNE. It starts with Respect for everyone, right Now, and Always.
Respect is a way of treating or thinking about everything and everyone.

“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character but as a reflection of yours.” Dave Willis.

Q: How long do I have to wait to see a university counsellor if I have been sexually assaulted?

A: • In the event of a crisis or critical incident, the Service will cancel appointments as needed to respond to an emergency situation.
• If a student reports sexual harassment or assault, the Service asks, where possible, if the student wishes to be seen straight away, as some students may not want to engage in counselling. We are guided by the student where possible.
• There is a counsellor dedicated to work only with students living within the UNE Residential System. That counsellor has an urgent/emergency appointment set aside at 2pm each day, which a Head of College or the Residential Student Leaders can book on behalf of any student they are concerned about.

Q: If I report a sexual assault to the university, will they tell the police?

A: The University will only tell the Police if:

-the victim wishes the University to do so,
-the victim is a child so under the age of 18 years, or
-there is an immediate threat/risk of danger to the victim or someone else.

The adult victim is in control and has the right not to report it to the police or to have anyone else report it to the police if they do not want too.

The University will however assist a victim if they do want to report it to the Police. There is also an anonymous reporting form for the police as well as for the University. See the Respect Now Always web page for the links to these forms and for a link to the NSW Police information about adult sexual assault.

Q: I would like to re commence my graduate diploma counselling in trimester 3

A: Hi,

Thank you for your question. Please contact Student Success on (02) 67734444. This is the University's Admissions and Enrolment Area. They should be able to assist you. Otherwise call SGU on 6773 4260.

This Q&A is for questions relating to Sexual Assault and Harassment.

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