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Quarter of female Venda students report sexual harassment

A study carried out at the University of Venda in South Africa has found that a quarter of female students and about one in six male students have experienced sexual harassment at the institution.

The study, published in the March 2019 issue of African Health Sciences, surveyed 342 students who lived in campus residence: 132 men and 150 women. The sample accounted for about 15 per cent of the university’s total in-residence population.

The authors, from the university’s Department of Public Health, found that common forms of sexual harassment included unwanted touching, fondling, or sexual advances, as well as sex-related jokes or insults, and unwanted sexually-oriented text messages, letters and phone calls.  

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