NEWS - 10 October 2017
EROC Australia submission to 1800 RESPECT Senate Inquiry
On 11 September, the Federal Senate announced an inquiry into the Delivery of National Outcome 4 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children. EROC Australia's submission to the inquiry is available to download here. The submission states:
"Several months ago, EROC Australia made the decision that we would no longer refer student survivors or their supporters to the service, nor would we recommend that any of our volunteers utilise the service themselves. This was not an easy decision to make, but one that we felt we had no choice but to pursue. There has been a noticeable decline in the quality of the service since the implementation of a triage model by Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) and we believe that it would be unethical, and indeed irresponsible, to continue to refer survivors of sexual assault to a service that was no longer adequate."
Among other things, we recommend that the triage model for the service is abandoned, that the service receives adequate funding to ensure that it is staffed by qualified experts, and that the service continues to be provided by Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, the national leading experts in the provision of trauma specialist counselling for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
NEWS - 1 August 2017
How does your university compare?
All 39 Australian universities today received campus-specific reports on sexual assault and harassment from the Australian Human Rights Commission. End Rape on Campus Australia has pulled key statistics these 39 reports - download the statistics here and see how your university compares.
NEWS - 29 July 2017
#EndRapeOnCampus Photo Campaign
As the Australian Human Rights Commission releases the results of their survey into sexual assault at Australian universities, students and survivors deserve the opportunity to be heard from directly. End Rape on Campus Australia is asking our supporters to stand with us and share their messages of support for survivors. Through this photo campaign, we aim to make visible the amazing community that supports the work of advocates and activists in eradicating sexual assault.
View the campaign here, and join in - send your own message of support to survivors on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #EndRapeOnCampus.
FAQ about upcoming 1800 support hotline for students
Recently, it was announced that a new 1800 hotline will be provided for people who have experienced sexual assault within university communities. This service will be provided by Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, and will be available from August 1, 2017.
Find EROC Australia's responses to Frequently Asked Questions about this service here.
NEWS - 21 June 2017
EROC AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR BETTER SUPPORT SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
End Rape on Campus Australia is calling on universities around the country to put in place critical support services to prepare for the impact of the AHRC's final report, due out 1 August.
If you are a student or staff member and think that your university should be doing more to support survivors, email your Vice Chancellor letting them know, and asking them to implement EROC Australia's 5 points in the letter above.
Survivors deserve quality, evidence-based, trauma-specialist services - nothing more and nothing less.
EROC Australia calls for national 1800 hotline for survivors of sexual assault at universities
NEWS - 17 May 2017
EROC Australia is joining with sexual assault advocate, Nina Funnell, and the National Union of Students (NUS) to call for the establishment of a National 1800 24/7 Hotline to be run by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), who are the peak body in sexual assault telephone counselling. We believe that Universities Australia should be responsible for funding this initiative. RDVSA has estimated that a national 24/7 service would cost approximately $1.3 million per annum.
As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday 17 May
EROC Australia launches new report
'Connecting the dots: Understanding sexual assault in university communities'
EROC Australia has released a major report into sexual assault in Australian university communities. The report, titled “Connecting the dots: understanding sexual assault in university communities”, is the product of our extensive advocacy work with survivors and their supporters. The submission provides detailed analysis of the problem of sexual violence in Australian educational communities, and includes a comprehensive suite of recommendations for change at the level of individual universities, as well as at state and federal government levels.
To download a PDF copy of the report, click here.
'University reputation and income should not take priority over the wellbeing and safety of students, and processes that retraumatise rape victims or deter reporting are only protecting and enabling offenders.
As one victim from Wollongong University said: "Make no mistake, I consider the events of my sexual assault and this university's response to be equally despicable. There is a shocking correlation between someone not listening to you say 'stop' and an organisation not listening to you scream 'help'."'
- Nina Funnell in the Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2017
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