NUS President Toni Pearce said: 'These stats show that harassment is rife on campus, but we still keep hearing from universities that there is no fear, no intimidation, no problem - well, this new research says otherwise.'
According to the NUS Hidden Marks survey (2011):
- 1 in 7 women students (14%) has been the victim of serious sexual assault or serious physical violence while at university or college.
- 12% have been stalked while at university or college.
- In 60% of these cases of sexual assault or stalking, the perpetrator was also a student.
- Only 4% of women students who have been seriously sexually assaulted have reported it to their institution.
- Only 10% of women students who have been seriously sexually assaulted have reported it to the police.
- Of those who did not report serious sexual assault to the police, 50% said it was because they felt ashamed or embarrassed, and 43% because thought they would be blamed for what happened.
According to the NUS Lad Culture survey (2014):
- More than a third of women students (37%) said they had faced unwelcome sexual advances, defined as inappropriate touching and groping. This constitutes sexual assault under UK law.
- Almost one third of respondents said they endure unwanted sexual comments about their body (12% of men, 37% of women).
- Two thirds of respondents said they have seen students put up with unwanted sexual comments.
- 75% of students are aware of online communities such as ‘Unilad’ and ‘Lad Bible’ with almost two thirds of women students (63%) agreeing that these contribute to an unfair representation of women.
- 60% of respondents said they were not aware of any codes of conduct implemented by their university or students’ unions that prohibit or tackle sexual conversations, sexual comments, unwelcomed sexual advances, group intimidation and verbal harassment.