More than half of all university students in Australia were harassed in 2016

More than half of university students in Australia were sexually harassed at least once in 2016, according to a national survey.

The Australian Human Rights Commission report also found that almost 7% of students were sexually assaulted on at least one occasion in 2015 or 2016.

Women at the university were more likely than men to be assaulted or harassed, the commission found.

The milestone study is said to be the largest of its kind in Australia.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said the report painted a “disturbing” picture of university life.

“It is confronting to learn that sexual assault and sexual harassment are a common part of these students’ experiences in their academic, their social and their residential life,” she said.

“Sadly, the impacts of these experiences have devastating impacts and it can be life-changing, affecting health, studies, and future careers.”

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