The Australian Colleges With Sleazy, Sex-Filled Cultures And Assault Allegations

Uni for loads of people involves a lot of drinking and a lot of sex, which is fine if you're into that sort of thing. Not everyone is, but each to their own.

What's less fine is when that sex becomes non-consensual - and even less so when the culture at the uni actually encourages that sort of behaviour.

A recent media investigation has uncovered some rotten behaviour at several colleges in Adelaide, Australia.

During or initiation ceremonies - known as 'hazing' - people are often forced into seedy rituals and inappropriate situations.

One prestigious college has had several claims of sexual assault raised against it.

There are testimonies from students and victims as well as almost 200 photos and videos to support the claims.

This is all part of an ongoing investigation by TV show 60 Minutes into the toxic college culture, which is making a lot of people feel unsafe.

Credit: Nine / 60 Minutes
Credit: Nine / 60 Minutes

Accusations include groping, forced stripping and various degrees of sexual assault.

"My friend showed me photos a group of men had taken of me," said one anonymous girl who attended St Mark's College.

After passing out from drinking too much, as the photos show, she said she was "stripped down to my bra and underpants. The photo showed the group of men crowded around me and touching me on different parts of my body."

She continued: "One of them was propping me up under my arms and another was pretending to sniff my hair. Another man had his hands on my breasts."

Another student at the college, Aria Kirwan, said she was forced onto a 'sex tour' as part of her hazing ritual. "There were people pretending to have sex on the table, dancing around in underwear," she explained.

"They had porn playing on the TV, and guys that were butt naked walking around."

Credit: Nine / 60 Minutes
Credit: Nine / 60 Minutes

She eventually dropped out of uni, after being pressured to undress in front of older students, and many called her out for spreading 'fake news'.

Many students have chosen to stay anonymous, or to remain silent altogether, after a long history of allegations being dismissed or denied.

One person claims to have been told by someone at the college that the sexual assault she'd been victim to was 'all part of growing up'.

"It's a toxic culture, it's rotten to the core," says University of Adelaide's SRC president Matthew Boughey.

"People are angry, people are pissed off, people want to see actual change."

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Daisy Jackson

Daisy Jackson is a freelance writer, who has previously worked at Shortlist Media and Trinity Mirror. She has written about the Manchester terror attacks and appeared on BBC Five live to discuss the aftermath, as well as interviewing an orthopaedic surgeon in Syria.

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