UP: Victims of sexual abuse on campus need to come forward

The EFF’s Student Command says the university is not doing enough to end the culture of patriarchy.

FILE: University of Pretoria. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The University of Pretoria (UP) says while it has taken note of allegations made by some students regarding the alleged violation of women on the campus residences, victims need to come forward so the institution can investigate.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) Student Command have accused the university of not doing enough to end the culture of patriarchy at the institution.

The organisation claims that men living at students residences on campus are given rewards for having sex with multiple women, and they even have songs about being promiscuity.

The university's Anna-Retha Bouwer says the institution takes these allegations very seriously.

"The safety of all students, including female students, is a priority for the university."

She says students cannot remain silent.

"Any student who feels that their rights have been compromised are urged to report it so that we can investigate it according to our own disciplinary procedures."

The EFF's Onthatile Marang says they've spoken to management about these allegations before, but nothing has changed.

Marang says female students are violated all the time at residences.

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