A report by the Australian Institute of Family reveals many students dismiss sexual assaults as merely part of the rough and tumble life one associates with being in school. The Institute estimates that one out of seven Australian girls has been the victim of sexual violence, but most are reluctant to report these incidents either because the know the name of the perpetrator of they don’t believe their story will be believed by authorities. According to the report, about 14% of people aged between 12 and 20 have been sexually assaulted mostly by people they know. “The abuse of young people by people in authority has been the focus of public concern,” said Daryl Higgins of the Institute, “however, sexual assault between young people at parties in dating relationshipsis often still not acknowledged.”
The Institute believes in the majority of cases when sexual assault occurs off school grounds much less attention is paid, mainly because school officials do not believe dealing with such incidents if part of their job.