The Australian Human Rights Commission is confident its Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities presents findings representative of the whole university student population.

Sexual assault is defined as:

Sexual assault includes a range of behaviours, all of which are unacceptable and constitute a crime. 

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, including when they have withdrawn their consent. 

The report finds that 6.9% of university students (2.9% of males, 10% of females) were sexually assaulted in 2015 and 2016, 1.6% of students sexually assaulted (0.7% of males, 2.3% of females) in a “university setting”.

Thus, improbably, almost 90,000 out of 1.3 million students were sexually assaulted, close to 21,000 of those in a university setting. This contrasts sharply with Australian Bureau of Statistics figures recording 20,677 sexual assaults for the whole of Australia in 2014.

Fittingly, Canberra is not only the national capital it’s also the rape capital, 805 ANU students allegedly sexually assaulted on campus.

Believe it, or not.

Update: Numbers for the United States:

DoJ stats

It is unlikely that 70,000 out of Australia’s approximately 700,000 female college students were sexually assaulted over a two year period whereas 31,302 out of 5,130,004 American female students were raped or sexually assaulted annually during the period 1995-2013.

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