Editor's note

For many young women, unwanted sexual attention has long been the downside of going out at night. While serious assault and hospital admission rates fell following Queensland’s 2016 ‘Reducing Alcohol-Fuelled Violence’ reforms, a two-year evaluation has found the policies had little effect on levels of intoxication or sexual harassment, unwanted touching and sexual gestures.

In the third article in our series looking at the effects of these reforms, the researchers report that more than half of women aged 18-24 had experienced unwanted sexual attention in or around a licensed venue in the preceding three months – and in one entertainment precinct it happened to one in four on the night they were interviewed.

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

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