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SOBERING FIGURES: University of Newcastle student Lucinda Iacono and Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen at the NeW Space campus on Tuesday, after the release of the Human Rights Commission’s report. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIT’Sthe footageof a passed-out young womanthat’stellingforLucinda Iacono.
The scene isa University of Newcastle student residenceparty, inavideo called “TEDS GEE UP 2015 Extended Cut”, that brieflyinvolvesthewoman and a young man.
“She’s knocked out,” he says over the music.
But he looks unmoved as she slumps to the floorand, as an afterthought, hetakes the cup from her hand.
“Save your drink.”
“Teds” is Edwards Hall, the oldest residence at the University of Newcastleand home to 383 students. “Gee up” videos areput on YouTubeto generatebuzzfor upcoming parties andMs Iacono, a student and former Women’s Convener at the university, was shownthis one by a Teds fourth-year studentat a bar.
Spliced through the party footage ofthe pool, games roomsand dorms of Teds are male students’ party comments like“I said, who do you reckon’s gonna get their t–s out?”.
At one point, a male student is shown rubbing his genitals in the face of another male who appears to be lying unconscious on his bed.
“Be a lion, don’t be a liOFF,” reads the caption.
Lucinda Iacono, former women’s convener at the University of Newcastle, on assault statistics pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/1mt7pS9f2X
— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) August 1, 2017It’s probably the most obvious example of rape culture that Newcastle university has.
Former university women’s convener Lucinda Iacono, on a campus residence party “gee up” video.
The university’s 21 per cent of male student respondents who said they had been sexually harassed is “higher than our community might expect”, Professor McMillen said, but it is unclear whether the figureindicates a prevalence of hazing, other types of male-on-male harassment, or harassmentby females.
From a low statistical base, Newcastle students responding to the Human Rights Commission survey said they had been subject to “repeated or inappropriate advances” by email, social media and online chat rooms at more than twice thenational rate.
That doesn’t include a University of Newcastlesubgroup of students who reported, at three times the national rate, encountering“other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature”.
“It tends to be female students who have that experience,” Professor McMillen said.
“Our approaches to education and prevention have to include the online space.”
Nationally, the surveyfound women were four times more likely to have been sexually assaulted than men in a university residence, withpost-graduate studentsmore likelyto havebeen harassed or assaulted by a universitystaff member.
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