'[PDF] beinghaRasseD?' Accessing information about sexual harassment in New Zealand's universities

Smolovic-Jones, Nela; Boocock, Kate and Underhill-Sem, Yvonne (2013). '[PDF] beinghaRasseD?' Accessing information about sexual harassment in New Zealand's universities. Women's Studies Journal, 27(1) pp. 36–48.

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Abstract

Despite strong legislative protection, sexual harassment is still prevalent in New Zealand and thus remains an impediment to the full achievement of women’s human rights as well as undermining the mental and physical well-being of a woman. This paper focuses on sexual harassment in New Zealand universities. Universities are a critical part of modern society not just for teaching and research but also as a place where new generations of leaders will emerge. We undertook a survey of New Zealand university websites to test and compare the ease by which a student who thinks they may be experiencing sexual harassment, could find out about the policies and support services available to them. We highlight the failings found with many websites and make recommendations for improving access to this vital information. We argue that comprehensive sexual harassment information must be made more visible to prevent the acceptance and normalisation of sexually harassing behaviours.

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