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To: The University of Tasmania and the State Government
It's Time for Action: Demand Action on Sexual Assault at UTas
Immediate action on sexual harassment and violence at the University of Tasmania. .
Why is this important?
According to the Australian Human Rights Commission report released on the 1st of August, over half of all students at UTas were sexually harassed in 2016, and 6.5% were sexually assaulted
Of these students the vast majority did not seek help from the university, and 0% made a formal report about the incident.
While the Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen has since come out to say sexual violence is “never OK,” we are yet to see the university take action on any specific incident, or commit implementing a system that offers any real support to students.
What students need is not more slogans, or hollow campaigns, but fast and immediate action from the university that tells that they believe us, that it’s not our fault, and that we will have justice.
Sign the petition and join the UTas Women’s Collective, and Tasmanian Young Labor members, as we call on the State Government and the University of Tasmania to to commit to implementing:
A standard sexual assault reporting model which recognises the rule of law
Clear penalties for perpetrators of sexual assault and violence
A full-time trauma informed counsellor that specialises in harassment and sexual violence.