August 1st 2018 is the first anniversary of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Report into Sexual Assault and Harassment on Australian University Campuses. This day has been marked by the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA) and ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA) with a protest, vigil for survivors and a report entitled Surveys but No Service condemning the University’s slow progress towards its commitments.
The 2017 report found that The Australian National University ranked #1 in the country for the percentage of students who had been sexually harassed at university, and #2 for the percentage of students who had been sexually assaulted at university.
In the past year, the ANU has made some achievements that deserve to be commended, however, progress has been extremely slow and implementation needs to be better resourced in order for the university to deliver on their commitments. Every day that progress is delayed, more students are harmed. The key areas for improvement in the University’s response to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment on campus are in implementation and communication.