A study of University of Otago students’ experiences of sexual violence should provide valuable information about how to prevent crimes and provide help for people who experience them, a researcher hopes. As part of her PhD research, Kayla Stewart sent an electronic survey to all University of Otago students which questioned them about incidents of sexual violence, and their context. Similar studies of overseas students had suggested anywhere between 20% and 30% of respondents had experienced sexual violence, Ms Stewart yesterday told the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand conference, being held in Dunedin. Ms Stewart said her research examined both the nature of the incidents, and the nature of perpetrator. Her research is in its early stages, but she hoped it would help inform efforts by the university specifically and the community in general on handling incidents of sexual violence, and preventing them happening.
Source: Otago Daily Times December 07, 2017 16:07 UTC