The Guardian reports that sexual misconduct by university staff is rife on campuses, with more than four in 10 students reporting that they have suffered unwelcome advances and assault, including sexualised comments, inappropriate touching and rape, research shows.
In a survey of 1,839 current and former students by the National Union of Students (NUS) and campaigners the 1752 Group, 41% of respondents said they had faced unwelcome sexual advances and innuendo from university staff.
The study, Power in the Academy: Staff Sexual Misconduct in UK Higher Education, warns that the sector is “not currently a safe environment”, with many students facing “sexualised touching, comments or even threats from staff members”. It raises particular concern over the finding that the vast majority of perpetrators are academic staff, who have “power over students’ academic success, wellbeing and career” prospects. More than 60% of respondents said the perpetrator was a man.
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