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Students complain of abusive sexual behaviour

ALMOST one-third of university students in Edinburgh have been subjected to "unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature" a new study has revealed.

The preliminary study findings indicate almost one in every three male and female students have found themselves at the centre of the unwanted sexual attention.

Now the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) have pledged to carry out a more in-depth examination into the issue next year, after 781 students took part in a EUSA survey which found 30% had been harassed.

It is understood that EUSA leaders will work with owners of city nightspots to reduce this number.

Hollaback Edinburgh, a campaign group who want to end street harassment, have said the findings are a "further reminder" of the "incredible amount of work" still to do.

EUSA implemented an "End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus" policy earlier this year in a bid to make their students feel safer.

Nadia Mehdi, EUSA vice-president for societies and activities, said: "Following high-profile studies by organisations such as the NUS, we wanted to find out more about students' experiences of sexual harassment.

"We'll launch a campaign in the new year once the data has been analysed.

"We're keen to ensure students know their rights and how to report incidents of sexual harassment.

Jacq Kelly, chair of Hollaback Edinburgh said: ""Sexual harassment is often dismissed as banter. However many young people who have spoken to us about their experiences have told us just how intimidating and frightening it is."

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