In February 2016, Universities Australia (UA) launched a groundbreaking initiative to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment across the sector. Respect. Now. Always. highlights the determination of Australian universities to ensure our universities are places of safety and respect.
It builds on work done by individual universities in Australia over many years to develop policies, reporting procedures and support services. It is also clear that this program aligns closely with the future direction and objectives outlined in The Case for Change paper developed by Australian University Sport (AUS). AUS will be supporting and promoting the Respect. Now. Always. campaign in collaboration with UA.
The Respect. Now. Always. campaign aims to:
- raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual harassment and lift the visibility of support services for students;
- obtain data to guide further improvement in university policies and services; and
- assist universities in sharing global best practice resources across the sector.
A 10-point action plan, released on 1 August, also includes a series of further sector-wide prevention, awareness and support initiatives Australian universities can draw on to complement the many local initiatives they have underway to prevent and address sexual assault and sexual harassment in student communities.