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Minister joins university students for sexual assault consultation session

7 Jun 2017

University students and sexual assault experts came together at NSW Parliament House today to discuss what more could be done on campuses, in a forum hosted by Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward.

Ms Goward said sexual assault is a crime that can happen to anyone, and remains a significant problem at universities.

“The NSW Government is fiercely dedicated to preventing sexual assault incidents and supporting victims,” Ms Goward said.

“We recognise that it is crucial to comprehensively examine the support and prevention frameworks currently in place to ensure all opportunities to improve services can be considered.”

Ms Goward was joined by Shadow Minister Jenny Aitchison at the University Students Sexual Assault Strategy Consultation Session, which focused on how universities can better respond to reports of sexual assault on university campuses by students.

“Public discussions such as these are necessary to gain valuable and diverse insight to help drive future direction for sexual assault system reform,” Ms Goward said.

The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy will provide a comprehensive framework to prevent sexual assault, support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. The strategy will guide the delivery of evidence-based, high quality services.

Locations and dates for upcoming sexual assault strategy consultation sessions are:

  • 29 June 2017 – Coffs Harbour, Opal Cove Resort
  • 5 July 2017 – Sydney CBD, Rydges Central

More information on the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy can be found at: http://www.women.nsw.gov.au/violence_prevention/nsw-sexual-assault-strategy-progress-report.