Safety through prevention
Safer Community supports, and is involved in, a range of awareness and training initiatives aimed at strengthening the prevention of all forms of unacceptable behaviour and creating a safe and respectful university for all.
Respect. Now. Always.
Together with other Australian universities, Swinburne is part of the national initiative, Respect. Now. Always. The goal is to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment and empower victim-survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault to seek help and support.
This is what we’re doing for Respect. Now. Always.
Respect at Uni Week 2023
Victorian universities are joining forces to promote the importance of respect, equality and inclusion on our campuses and online spaces.
Our communities should be safe and free from violence. The National Student Safety Survey has revealed universities must continue to improve their response to and prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
We invite students and staff at all Victorian universities to participate in the Respect at Uni Week activities and to help create a safe and respectful community. Preventing gender-based violence starts with a culture of respect – now and always.
Swinburne will be hosting a series of free events for all students and staff to attend. We will also be promoting #RespectAtUni on social media. You can also make a pledge until 31 March.
During the Respect at Uni Week, we want you to:
think what respect at Swinburne means to you
feel safe and supported at Swinburne
be an active bystander and contribute to a respectul Swinburne
Make your Respect at Uni pledge
You have an opportunity to show your support by making a pledge until 31 March 2023.
Explore Respect at Uni events at Swinburne
Film screening: The Bystander Moment
Watch "The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots" docufilm to learn about our role in challenging and changing the sexist cultural norms.
Respect at Uni: Panel Discussion
Hear from Swinburne staff and students to learn about sexual harm at our universities and how to create a respectful culture.Register now (Respect at Uni: Panel Discussion)
Consent = FRIES
Understanding sexual consent is as easy as remembering FRIES. Come to learn more and get your free fries.Register now (Consent = FRIES)
Active bystander describes a person who witnesses a concerning event or incident and chooses to act by calling out the behaviour or engaging others to address the behaviour, in the moment or afterwards.
Gender-based violence describes violence that is rooted in gender-based power, inequality and discrimination. It causes or can cause physical, sexual, psychological or financial harm. People of all genders can experience gender-based violence.
Sexual harm is an all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to all forms of unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature. It includes sexual assault and sexual harassment.
|Title||Organiser||Location||Date and time||Target audience|
Flip the Script
Learn to protect yourself against sexual assault and attacks on your sexual values with skills, knowledge and tools that you need.
|Monash University||Clayton campus||Multiple dates||Female students|
Respect at Monash: Chivalry vs Equality
Explore society's changing ideas of how genders should treat each other and where they are still entrenched.
|Monash University||The Count's, 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton VIC 3168||16 March, 4pm||All students and staff|
Supporting Students' Online Safety
Learn about the latest online safety risks to young adults (including on social media) and how to support them when incident occurs.
|Deakin University||Online||15 March, 12pm||All staff|
Online Dating: Play Safe, Stay Safe
Get tips to keep you safer when online dating, including how to recognise people with other motives.
|Deakin University||Online||16 March, 11am||All students and staff|
Identify aspects of privilege you may hold as a way to talk about social inequality through a short interactive resource.
|Victoria University||Online||Ongoing||All students and staff|
ReGen: Reducing Gender-based Violence Network Meeting
Hear about the DAISY Trial on peer support for new mothers and its impact in their mental health.
|La Trobe University||Online||16 March, 12.30pm||All staff|
Learn about image-based abuse and how world-first chatbot Umibot can help.
|RMIT University||Online||30 March, 2pm||All students and staff|
National Student Safety Survey 2021
We understand that conversations about the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) and its results can be distressing for members of our university and wider community. The NSSS report contains discussion and descriptions of sexual harassment and sexual assault. It also contains mentions of self-harm, drug use and suicide ideation. If you would like to speak to somebody for support, a range of confidential resources are available to you.
Australian universities commissioned and funded the National Student Safety Survey (the NSSS) to collect data on the prevalence and nature of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment in 2021. This survey builds on a foundational survey undertaken in 2016 and will provide a national picture of accurate information to universities about what is happening in our student communities.
More detail on survey results specific to Swinburne can be found here. A total of 43,819 students participated in the survey across Australia, and of those 1,054 Swinburne students responded to the survey. Swinburne thanks all students who chose to participate in the NSSS. Their contributions help us make positive change.
Swinburne will act on these results, engage with our community and determine the best way forward. We will immediately ensure that our students are aware of the support that is available to them, should they need it, and continue to provide education and prevention initiatives to ensure our students feel safe and that any form of sexual assault or sexual harassment is unacceptable.
Summary of 2021 survey results
Of the 1,054 Swinburne students who participated in the survey:
have experienced sexual harassment since starting university
have experienced sexual assault since starting university
of students who were sexually harassed sought support or assistance
43.9% to 47.8%
of students know nothing or very little about where to seek support or assistance for sexual harassment or assault
1,054 students participated in the survey
Prevalence in a university context
- 12.9% since starting university
- 3.7% in the past 12 months
Experience of sexual harassment in the past 12 months:
- 3.3% since starting university
- ** in the past 12 months
Experiences of sexual assault in the past 12 months:
Context of most impactful incident
Asked of students who experienced sexual harassment in an Australian university context.
- General campus areas 47.3%
- University lecture theatres, computer labs 23.6%
- Clubs and societies, events and spaces 16.1%
- 61.1% knew some or all of the perpetrators involved
Reporting and support seeking
Asked of students who experienced sexual harassment in an Australian university context.
Formal complaints made to the university:
- ** of students who were sexually harassed made a formal complaint
Seeking support from the university:
- 19.2% of students who were sexually harassed sought support or assistance
Knowledge of university support and reporting channels:
Asked of all students.
- 52.3% know nothing or very little about where to go to make a complaint about sexual harassment
- 47.8% know nothing or very little about where to seek support or assistance for harassment
- 54.5% know nothing or very little about where to go to make a complaint about sexual assault
- 43.9% know nothing or very little about where to seek support or assistance for assault
Staying Safe is a program available on the Swinburne App. It provides direct access for emergency services, Swinburne security and the Swinburne crisis line, as well as links to report problem behaviour, responding to sexual assault and sexual harassment, plus information on Safer Community, security services and counselling services.
Consent Matters is an interactive and evidence-based online module designed to reflect the Swinburne student experience and provides additional resources to build on the understanding of respect and consent.
This innovative course explores the nature of sexual consent, and shows students how to seek consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can’t be given. It also explores communication and relationships, and bystander intervention. This module is compulsory for certain groups of Swinburne students, with all students strongly encouraged to complete the Consent Matters course which is available on Canvas.
Universities Australia (UA) in conjunction with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has developed the ‘Sexual harassment and sexual assault: What are the drivers and how can staff respond?’ module as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative. All Swinburne staff are strongly recommended to complete this staff training module via Swinburne’s online learning management system for staff.
Unlearn It is a new social change campaign launched by Swinburne. Available to all students, the campaign harnesses the power of the student voice, focusing on challenging learnt attitudes and unconscious lessons in society, covering topics such as gender based sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Respectful research training
At Swinburne, we’re committed to fostering a respectful and well-defined research training culture. Therefore, we use respectful research training resources developed by the Australian Council of Graduate Research to educate our PhD candidates and supervisors on how to maintain a safe and respectful research environment.
The information of the survey that has been shared can be distressing and potentially retraumatising for members of our university and wider community. Free and confidential support services are available at Swinburne and across Australia for people who would like to seek assistance. They are:
Swinburne’s support services
- Student counselling: +61 3 9214 8483
- Crisis line out of hours service - available 24 hours on weekends and public holidays, and outside business hours on weekdays: Call 1300 854 144 or Text 0488 884 145
- Report any incidences of sexual assault or sexual harassment via our anonymous reporting options
National referral services
- 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- QLife: 1800 184 527
- MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
- BeyondBlue: 1300 22 4636
- Australia wide university support and safety services
The initiatives are also part of Swinburne’s commitment to the prevention of all forms of violence, harm and disrespect, and focus on respectful relationships, gender equality, healthy masculinity and LGBTIQ+ inclusion. Together, we can ensure Swinburne is a safe environment for all.
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