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Violence against women students in the UK: Time to take action

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Sexual and gendered violence in the education sector is a worldwide concern, but in the UK it has been marginalised in research and policy. In this paper we present findings from the National Union of Students' study Hidden Marks, the first nationwide survey of women students' experiences of violence. This research established high levels of prevalence, with one in four respondents being subject to unwanted sexual behaviour during their studies. We analyse why the issue of violence against women students has remained low profile in this country, whereas in the USA, where victimisation rates are similar, it has had a high profile since the 1980s and interventions to tackle it have received a significant amount of federal support. We urge UK policymakers, universities, students' unions and academics to address the problem, and make suggestions about initial actions to take. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Phipps A, Smith G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gender and Education

Year: 2012

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 357-373

Online publication date: 31/01/2012

ISSN (print): 0954-0253

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0516

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2011.628928


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