‘Laddish’ campus culture will be investigated

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP


End Violence Against Women warns that universities are avoiding their legal responsibilities by refusing to investigate sexual assault allegations…reports Asian Lite News

Universities have been told to set up a task force to examine the growth of sexist laddish culture on British campuses

Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, has written to university vice-chancellors, instructing them to

Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid: Investigate sexual assault on campus  

reports the The DailyTelegraph.

Earlier this year, in a study commissioned by the Telegraph, one in three women said they had suffered a sexual assault or endured unwanted advances on British campuses.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr Javid, a father of three daughters and a son, said he would not rule out legislation to deal with the problem, bringing Britain in line with much of the US.

“People talk about this lad culture and that’s hard to define and figure out what causes that,” Mr Javid said.

“But what everyone agrees on is that it is important enough to be looked at afresh. We need new ideas to deal with it and we don’t want young girls today maybe thinking about going to university in the future being put off.

“I’ve got three daughters and one of them is starting her A-levels, so she’s just starting to think about what she might do and university is one of the options. I just hate to think my daughter is sitting there … reading on the news or watching television and thinking, ‘I don’t want to go to university because I might be assaulted’”.