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1 : An awareness raising strategy centred around survivors of sexual harassment and assault sharing their stories to contest the culture that downplays sexual violence as ‘not a big deal'.
2 : creating awareness for the detrimental and often hidden effects on survivors.
3 : Aimed at addressing the cultural issue (normalisation) of sexual harassment and assault in the university setting, which in part leads to the issue of the underreporting of incidents and insufficient support for survivors.
In a submission to the UNHCR report, a respondent wrote,
“Because my experiences have been downplayed by the people I have told, I never reported them because I thought I must have been overreacting and it wasn’t sexual harassment, even though...I have been distressed by what has happened”
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TW: Sexual harassment and assault