STILL ON THE HUNT

Possibly feeling pressured, the UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre has removed references to The Hunting Ground Australia Project from an article featured on its homepage I linked in an earlier post. Both articles use the same link and have the same date stamp but read differently. It is unseemly for the UNSW AHRC to rewrite history.

Then:

UNSW AHRC THGAP

Now:

UNSW AHRC gender violence

Then:

Australia’s universities have launched a major new campaign to prevent sexual assault and harassment, in a groundbreaking initiative across the sector. 

Working with partners including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre and The Hunting Ground Australia Project Team, the sector has begun collaborative work …

Now:

AHRCentre Director, Andrea Durbach told the recent annual Universities Australia conference in Canberra, that a drinking culture combined with entrenched gender inequality heightens the chances of sexual harassment and assault in university settings. Speaking on a panel with former Chief of the Australian Army, David Morriosn, NUS Womens Officer, Heidi Le Paglia and legal expert in sexual assault cases, Adair Donaldson, Andrea outlined the keycomponents of the AHRCentre project which is aimed at developing effective prevention strategies and reporting mechanisms to address gender violence at Australian universities. 

Building on the work of the NUS and the ADFA Unacceptable Behaviour survey, the AHRCentre has partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia to implement a national survey which will seek to collect data on prevalence, student reporting experiences and appropriate and effective responses. The analysis of the data and comparative research will shape the development of best practice polices, procedures and protocols for adaption and application by Australian universities. General Morrison urged universities to name and own any evidence of misconduct and demonstrate a clear commitment to rectify and address harm.

Durbach’s point is unclear when she says, “a drinking culture combined with entrenched gender inequality heightens the chances of sexual harassment and assault in university settings”. Do university students drink more than non-students? Are Universities especially dangerous for women?

Regardless, the link between gender inequality and sexual harassment and assault is feminist theory, not established fact. It’s ridiculous for Durbach to make that claim.

Update: As yet no response to enquiry emails.

One thought on “STILL ON THE HUNT

  1. People should look up the criticism by its founders of the ‘Duluth Model’ which they now say erroneously prioritises gender inequality as a main driver of violence by men against women. For example, Australia’s ‘Our Watch’ which receives $23.5 million federal funding per year doggedly persists with the Duluth model which discounts the influence on the violence of poverty, unemployment and drug and alcohol abuse. It seems that those factors don’t fit with the gender politics of the social justice warriors who spend the money.

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