One in ten Dutch female students had sex while studying without their consent. This is 1 percent for men, Amnesty International reported Wednesday, based on research from I&O Research.
More than a thousand Dutch-speaking students from HBO and WO were asked if they have ever had sexual contact without their consent. This was usually done by insisting on the contact or continuing to do so without asking the other person.
In 10% of the cases, victims were forced into having sex with physical violence. Over half the victims didn’t consider consenting to sex as rape. Many victims did not view the incident as serious enough, or considered themselves co-responsible.
Violation is punishable with violence, threats, coercion and violence. Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security), presented a more severe bill last year. It says that rape should not be punished if the victim knew they were not interested in sex but continues to do so.
Amnesty’s earlier research showed that 1 in 5 Dutch women aged 16 or older had sex without consent. This percentage was only 3 percent for men.
“Educational institutions need to take on more responsibility.”
Amnesty has begun discussions with colleges and universities to see how they can better protect students from sexual violence.
According to the human rights organisation, higher education institutions need to take more responsibility for students’ safety and well being. According to the survey, 60% of students don’t know where they can get help following a rape.
Dagmar Oudshoorn, director of Amnesty Netherlands, stated that colleges and universities should establish clear protocols and communicate these clearly with students. She said she was shocked at the sheer number of students being victims.
Ingrid van Engelshoven, Education, Culture and Science, is the outgoing minister. He responded that he considers it “unacceptable”. This should not be allowed to happen to students. This is why it is so important to have safe surroundings and people that you can talk with about this. At a college or university, a confidential counselor can be arranged or a study advisor. They may be able to offer advice or help. It is crucial that they show the student that there are places to share your story. Be aware that these cases can be serious and you should report them.