An investigation into a culture of sexual violence against women at university campuses has exposed an alarming lack of consequences for perpetrators.
Of 575 cases of sexual assault, harassment and indecent behaviours at Australian universities in the past five years only six perpetrators were expelled, Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program reported.
Sunday Night obtained the information from 27 universities which said of 145 rape cases, including some by repeat offenders, less than two percent of alleged perpetrators were removed from the university.
In a report that included three young women’s personal stories, the program explored university administrators attitudes to sexual assault at their campuses.
According to the women interviewed, who had all been raped while at university, they experienced difficulties reporting what had happened to them and were disappointed with the results when they did.
"I've been asked what was I wearing. I've been asked 'why did you drink that much?'," rape victim Emma Hunt told Sunday Night reporter Peta-Jane Madam.
"I've been told I wanted the attention and I put myself out there and 'no wonder I was targeted'."
Olivia Todhunter, who was sexually assaulted by a fellow Australian student at an overseas campus, said she was knocked back went she sought help.
"When I went to uni counselling services I was turned away. They said that my issue wasn't urgent enough to be available for emergency counselling," she said.
University of Western Australia student Jannika Jacky, who was raped by a man who claimed to be her friend, said she dropped out of school due to the stress, while her attacker graduated this year.