A recent survey by the National Union of Students has found that one in 10 female students have experienced sexual violence at an Australian university. Fifteen hundred women participated in the survey that revealed more than a third of them reported having been sexually harassed at university. These startling preliminary figures highlight what Chrystina Stanford, executive officer of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, calls a crime unlike any other.

"Sexual assault is unfortunately an issue that a lot of institutions don’t want to deal with," Stanford said, "For victims there is a lot of shame, there’s a lot of self blame and there is a lot of fear about coming forward."