Respect. Now. Always. campaign
The Respect. Now. Always. campaign now falls within the Safe and Respectful Communities portfolio. This campaign was instigated by Universities Australia in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to increase awareness of the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.
Launched in February 2016, the campaign focuses on the determination of Australia’s universities to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment across the sector. The campaign is key in raising awareness of the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment and increase visibility of student support services. The campaign places a spotlight on student and staff wellbeing, and highlights the support avenues available to prevent and manage incidents.
In late 2016, tens of thousands of Australian university students, including the students of the University of Wollongong (UOW), were invited to participate in a prevalence survey surrounding student experiences of sexual assault and harassment. On August 1, 2017, the AHRC released a National Report containing the survey results. UOW committed to publicly releasing its institutional survey data in conjunction with the National Report.
Further information about the definition of sexual assault and harassment is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
Creating a safe work and study environment
UOW is fully supporting the aims of the Respect. Now. Always. campaign and is dedicated to a continuous process of raising awareness, providing support and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its students and staff. UOW places the highest priority on providing a safe study, living and working environment. Sexual assault and sexual harassment matters are dealt with under a ‘support first’ model and individuals are encouraged to report any incident to UOW for investigation.