Sexual violence on campus

Join us on May 11 for the Ideas and Society event discussing power, privilege and preventing violence on university campuses.

Following the release of US documentary The Hunting Ground¸ which cast a spotlight on the horrifying prevalence of sex assaults on university campuses, La Trobe will host a panel of experts to discuss how tertiary institutions can work to combat the problem.

Three prominent and respected voices will come together for a discussion on sexual violence in universities and, more broadly, across Australian society.

The panel includes Australian of the Year David Morrison, who is renowned for his role in tackling the problem of sexual violence in the Army; La Trobe academic Nicola Henry and Swinburne psychologist Troy McEwan. It will be chaired by La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar.  

In 2015, Professor Dewar established Project Unified, recognising the unique role universities can play in influencing public opinion and educating the community.

"We have a responsibility to take leadership on issues, such as violence, that have such a significant impact on members of our community," Professor Dewar said.  

Ideas and Society Convenor, Emeritus Professor Robert Manne said this event promised to be a thought-provoking discussion with significant social importance.

"We are thrilled to host such prominent and diverse speakers on the grave issue of sexual violence on the Australian campus and beyond," Professor Manne said.  

"This is a social issue that resonates with many and we encourage the audience to ask themselves what they can do to help eliminate this form of violence."   


Lieutenant General David Morrison (retired) is the 2016 Australian of the Year, the Former Chief of Army and a leading advocate for eliminating violence against women. He is currently the Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia, Board member of Our Watch and a Male Champion of Change.

Dr Nicola Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. She has widely published ground breaking research on rape culture. Her forthcoming book, Sex, Violence and Justice in a Digital Era, co-authored with Dr Anastasia Powell, adds to the contemporary debate on violence.

Dr Troy McEwan is a clinical and forensic psychologist at Swinburne University of Technology. She has published widely including studies on the psychological characteristics of stalkers, stalkers' intelligence, attachment styles, and the role of mental illness in stalking behaviour. 


Professor John Dewar is an internationally renowned family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford who taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co. Professor Dewar has held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before becoming Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe.

Event details

What: Ideas and Society event                                                                                                    

When: 12.30-2pm, Wednesday 11 May 2016                                                                         

Where: The Odeon, Level 2 The Union Building, La Trobe University Bundoora

Additional information: Seating is limited so please arrive early to ensure your place.

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Leah Humphrys

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