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Nearly half of female tertiary students surveyed in Melbourne say they ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ feel safe on public transport after dark. KN/Shutterstock

Students don’t feel safe on public transport but many have no choice but to use it

As they return to classes, a survey finds nearly half of female tertiary students in Melbourne don’t feel safe using public transport at night. And 79% have been sexually harassed or victimised.
The majority of Australian universities have implemented or beefed up existing policies to respond to sexual assault and harassment since 2017.

Universities have made progress on responding to sexual assault, but there’s more to be done

Universities have done a lot over the last two years to respond to the high rate of sexual assault and harassment on campus, but we still don’t know whether rates of incidents have dropped.
Toronto police respond to an incident at St. Michael’s College School, in Toronto on November 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Responding to sexual violence in schools: What can educators learn?

A single solution can’t magically erase gender-based violence in schools, but if we start listening to students, we may hear new stories of masculinity and femininity echoing through school hallways.

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