World Desk, Amar Ujala, London
Updated Thu, 19 Nov 2020 04:36 PM IST
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- Victims are unable to complain out of fear, many well-known academics are also involved in harassment
- 40 to 50 percent of students in US and Australian universities are sexually assaulted
- Several organizations that campaign against sexual harassment have been revealed in the report
The report was jointly prepared by John Edmonds, a visiting professor at Durham Business School and former secretary of the GMB trade union, and educationist Eva Tutschel. According to the report, sexual harassment also includes university employees and well-known academics. The university administration is particularly reluctant to take action against eminent academics. The atmosphere is so bad that usually the aggrieved students do not have the courage to complain.
John Edmunds told the newspaper The Guardian that in private conversations, administrators of universities admit that a large number of such incidents happen. These administrators themselves estimate that 15 per cent of the girls and three per cent of the students are sexually assaulted during their stay in the university. This means that such incidents happen with 50 thousand students every year.
Estimates of organizations that campaign against sexual harassment are even more so. Dr. Ana Bull, associated with one such organization, the ‘1752-Group’, told The Guardian that studies in American and Australian universities have shown that 40 to 50 percent of students are sexually assaulted during their years of study. Therefore, even in England, this number will be so, it can be estimated. He said- Like everywhere, sexual violence is often underestimated, or not fully estimated. There have been detailed studies on this in the US and Australia, but the British authorities have not encouraged such studies.
According to Britain’s National Union of Students, a 2018 study showed that two out of every five students faced sexual misconduct. In each of these eight, the culprit was an employee of the university. Now an organization called Universities-UK has said that it will issue a directory to the university staff this year about misconduct with students. He has said that every student and employee must get a safe and positive environment.
Edmunds and Tutschel have called for an investigation into this prevalent problem, so that its prevalence can be fully estimated. He has demanded the appointment of experts in the matter in university campuses and giving utmost importance to the safety of students.