Challenging sexual violence on campus

an evidence-based approach

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    Abstract

    The role of HEIs in changing attitudes to gender-based violence (GBV) is crucial to the Scottish Government's strategic vision outlined in its national strategy Equally Safe . Women comprise over half of all Scottish students and make up 45% of the academic workforce. A third of all sexual offences in Scotland involve female victims aged 18, over a third of sexual offenders are aged 17-25 and 4% of women in Scotland have experienced serious sexual assault since age 16. Despite the significance of these figures there is a growing evidence base which points to women's well-being in the educational sector being traditionally 'marginalised' in research and policy . This research is developing a national HEI toolkit, Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) at the University of Strathclyde. This will generate baseline data on GBV across a whole HEI campus by piloting a mixed mode research methodology. This will be the first Scottish dataset on GBV across a whole campus cohort; including student-student and staff-student abuse. This baseline data is crucial for informing the development of effective responses, preventative measures and the provision of support. The survey methodology will address five research questions related to GBV: prevalence, attitudes, disclosure rates, service uptake and perceptions of campus safety. This paper will outline the context, aims and objectives of ESHE, methodology and preliminary findings from the pilot survey.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2017
    EventBritish Sociological Association Annual Conference: Recovering the Social: Personal Troubles and Public Issues - Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Apr 20176 Apr 2017
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    ConferenceBritish Sociological Association Annual Conference
    Abbreviated titleBSA
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityEngland
    Period4/04/176/04/17
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    Keywords

    • gender based violence
    • higher education
    • sexual offences
    • sexual assult
    • Scotland

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    McCarry, M., & Donaldson, A. (2017). Challenging sexual violence on campus: an evidence-based approach. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference, England, United Kingdom.
    McCarry, Melanie ; Donaldson, Anni. / Challenging sexual violence on campus : an evidence-based approach. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference, England, United Kingdom.
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    McCarry, M & Donaldson, A 2017, 'Challenging sexual violence on campus: an evidence-based approach' Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference, England, United Kingdom, 4/04/17 - 6/04/17, .

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