One in Five University Students Suffer Sexual Harassment

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By Hannah Mason Editor-in-Chief


A recent survey shows one in five university students reveal they were victims of sexual harassment during the first week of University.

The poll of 2,600 students aimed to find out the extent to which students had either been victims of or witnesses to sexual harassment during their first week of term.

Led by the National Union of Students (NUS) the poll showed that 17% of respondents stated they had received it first-hand with a further 29% said they had witnessed abuse directed at somebody else.

The most noted forms of harassment were unwanted sexual comments – including wolf whistling, jeering in nightclub queues and jokes about rape.

Over half of these incidents happened at social events or night clubs, while a third happened in student halls of residence.

17% of students surveyed received sexual harassment during their first week.

It also found two-thirds of students were not aware of the procedure to report any incidents and 12% felt they would not be taken seriously if they did.

This type of “lad culture,” across many university campuses, has been brought to the forefront in recent years, with students speaking of sexism, sexual harassment and assault as a common occurrence.

On UCLan’s campus, Lucy Haigh Campaigns Officer is still working on the #SayNO campaign which encourages students to; report, challenge and talk about incidents of sexual harassment when they see it happening, even if it is somebody they do not know.

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“Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and we want to make sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable on campus and in Preston!” Lucy went on to say that through #SayNO  she “hopes to make a real impact towards reducing sexual harassment and improving the way in which students can report incidents and get support if they need it.”

Students can take the pledge online and learn more about how to report sexual harassment on the Student Union website. You can also like the ‘SayNO’ page on Facebook.

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