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Sexual Harassment of Students: In Halls, Public Transport, and the Online Environment

More than half of university students have experienced sexual harassment or sexually motivated attacks. This was demonstrated by the Australian Human Rights Committee (AHRC) survey. Sexual harassment occurs most often on track, in public transport, or in an online environment. Sexual harassment on campus is not avoided even in the Czech Republic. More than 78% of Czech university students met with teachers.

Sexual harassment was experienced by 51% of students in 2016, of which 21% were in the campus, college or university campus. This results from a survey by the Australian Human Rights Committee (AHRC), which included almost 31,000 interviewed students from 39 Australian universities. According to research, nearly a quarter of sexually motivated attacks take place in the dormitory during the various events and celebrations that students hold.

Sexual harassment occurs most often in public transport on the road to and from university, in more than a fifth of cases. A corresponding 22% of cases are happening online, on social networks, via e-mail or chat. "The e-mail distribution of text messages, photos, and videos with sex content, so-called sexting, is increasingly popular among teenagers. However, sending intimate content is often not a voluntary activity, and the pressure of the other party may come into play , " explains Adam Durčák (Mercury Elephant).

Sexual or gender-based harassment is not unusual even at the premises of Czech universities. More than 78% of students met with teachers, although only 3% of them had some kind of inappropriate sex-related behavior to be called sexual harassment. This is illustrated by the latest survey by the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University, which focused on sexual harassment in a university setting. Students, most often from teachers, heard inappropriate and ridiculous notes about women and men (54%), with 48% of the students having a different gender treatment. 6% of students listened to the sexually classified comments, and less than 2% reported on the part of the teachers an intimate relationship.

Moreover, the AHRC foreign survey showed that 94% of sexually harassed and 87% of victims of a sexually motivated attack did not report to their university. According to experts, the trauma of past experience, a sense of shame, and the associated mitigation of the situation in an effort to forget. Often, however, students do not even know where and how to report a harassment or attack. "Sexual or gender-based harassment at various degrees of seriousness is widespread in the university environment, but few students can name it. The reason for underestimation of this problem may be particularly ambiguity in the definition of sexual harassment, " comments Adam Durčák , the results of the survey and the issue.

Source: tz, edited editorially

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