The Sex Discrimination Act makes it against the law to discriminate against someone based on gender, sexuality, marital status, family responsibilities or because they are pregnant. However, there are still many things we still need to overcome.
According to human rights page, there are still 1 in 3 people that experience domestic violence in Australia. International students need to be aware of what domestic violence and sexual harassment are and how we as a community can prevent it.
Domestic violence, defined by Student Health & Relationships at the University of Adelaide is “It isn’t limited to physical violence, but can take many different forms, and can affect anyone regardless of their age, economic status, race, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation. While women are more likely to be affected by domestic violence, men can also be victims”.
If you ever need assistance with domestic violence, please feel free to contact CISA and we can help you get out of the situation.
The best way you can stop domestic violence in your community is to start a conversation. If you need more support, there are great websites that can give tips on how to help with specific domestic violence cases.
Sexual Assult and Harassment
Sexual harassment is “any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated” (Australia Human Rights Commission).
Definitions of sexual assault vary across Australian states. However, it is important for women to know they have a right to say no to any advances and that you need to consent for a partner to engage in any activity with you.
Consent must be clear, ongoing and enthusiastically given by both parties. Sexual acts occurring without such consent are sexual assault. If you are not sure if your partner consents, or if you feel uncomfortable, always stop to check in with them and talk about it.
End Rape on Campus
End Rape on Campus Australia is a group working to end sexual violence in educational communities and to provide direct support and advocacy for survivors. They run education and training sessions for student representatives and other grassroots advocates on the issue of sexual assault at universities. EROC Australia also provides consultation around policy and legislation to strengthen reporting mechanisms and institutional accountability.
More information and contact details are available on our website: http://www.endrapeoncampusau.org/
If you feel you have been sexually harassed (there is no cost or effects to your visa status), you can make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Complaints must be made in writing or by email. This can be done by downloading a complaints form or completing the online complaint form. If you need help writing your complaint, please feel free to contact CISA and we can help you write the complaint.
There are health services that are available to you if you fall pregnant while you are in Australia. It is important to learn about your rights and what you need to do to stay healthy while in the country. Please go to our pregnancy page for more information (page coming soon, appologies).