THE RED ZONE REPORT: O WEEK OR ONSLAUGHT?
If you’ve seen the media in the last few weeks you wouldn’t have missed The Red Zone Report. It is a shocking read that details disturbing incidents of alleged abuse at university colleges around the country. Even worse are the allegations that management at some universities tend to turn a blind eye when incidents are reported.
Shockingly, the report states that there are 200 instances of sexual assault per week nationwide on University campuses. That’s 30 a day.
Hazing. Torture. Physical Assault. Bullying. Forced Drinking. They are all part of a toxic subculture that is alive and well on university campuses. Hidden away under the guise of “tradition” dating back to 1930s.
For behaviour like this to be so prolific in 2018 is something that universities, colleges and governments should be deeply ashamed of.
No parent knowingly sends their enthusiastic young teenager to the waiting arms of a predator.
We all keep fingers crossed, sweating on the ATAR scores. Then comes the excitement of figuring out what comes next. Will our young ones get in to the University we’re hoping for? Will they be able to enrol in the degrees that shape our hopes for the future? Applications are sent out left, right and center – and we are overjoyed that our child is in. The whole family is exciting. And then, with bags packed and wishes of farewell, our child embarks of to uni.
All that optimism can be lost in University O Week. With activities that seem to have very little supervision, a bright young happy adult can be exposed to verbal, physical and sexuaul abuse. This trauma can leave a child with their confidence crushed and dreams lost.
What’s even worse is that the authorities at the colleges and universities, who are entrusted with a duty of care, seem to duck out of their responsibilities, and relegate the damage of O Week to something called ‘tradition’.
This appalling abuse has been going on for decades. It is time these traditions stopped. And the only way to stop it is for people to start speaking up.
Do you have a story to tell? Has something happened to you that is just not right?
If yes, please get in touch to speak with myself or my wife Suzi and have a chat. We believe you. We listen. We have a daughter at Uni — trust us, we get it.
And we’d like to see this toxic cycle stop, today.
If you have been a victim of Rape then you can contact NSW Rape Crisis on 1800 424 017 or through their website www.nswrapecrisis.com.au.