Consent is nothing, says one student.
Consent is nothing, says one student.

UQ engulfed in bizarre sex scandal as yearbook 'promotes rape'

"I'd rather choke her to sleep, than talk her to sleep".

"I could put my fist right through her face."

"Consent is nothing."

These are just some of the shocking comments to feature in the 2017 Students' Club Yearbook produced by residents from the Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland.

Other quotes from the Yearbook include: "I miss the chase"; "It's not gay if you don't push back"; "There will be condoms so please all cum."

Uncovered by Channel 7 News in an exclusive report which aired tonight, the yearbook has been slammed by sexual assault advocates as promoting a sexist "rape culture" on campus.

Sharna Bremner the director of End Rape On Campus Australia, says that the yearbook is "appalling".

"Talking about choking women or putting fists through their faces certainly doesn't reflect any sort of culture of respect, in fact it demonstrates the complete opposite" she told

"I don't even know where to start with that. Particularly given the immense coverage of issues around consent and sexual violence at universities in the past 18 months, and in the wake Australian Human Rights Commission report, which clearly showed that college students are more likely to be affected by sexual violence than non-college students."

The 2017 Emmanuel College Yearbook.
The 2017 Emmanuel College Yearbook.

In a statement, Professor David Brunckhorst, the CEO and Provost of Emmanuel College said that he "was horrified, upset and very disappointed when I saw some of the attributed quotes in the students' yearbook today".

"They do not reflect Emmanuel College's culture of respect, safety, equality and caring for each other in a supportive co-ed community," he said.

Prof Brunckhorst has also distanced the College administration from the Yearbook, stating it "is a publication produced entirely by the Students' Club for their peers … Emmanuel College staff did not see the pages with the attributed quotes until after it was printed and released to students."

But Ms Bremner called that a cop-out.

"We have heard this before from a number of different colleges ... Yes, it wasn't an official college document, it's not the glossy brochure that they usually put out. But perhaps it gives us a better insight into the mindset of students at the college."

"The insular nature of colleges who close ranks whenever these situations arise means that the problem is less likely to be addressed."

According to 7 News, no effort has been made to recall the 300 copies of the Yearbook.

Several students have denied ever they said what was attributed to them, but in a private Facebook message published two weeks ago, the student executive acknowledged "full responsibility for the wrongdoings recognising that these kinds of comments are completely unacceptable".

The student executive also offered a "sincere apology for this behaviour" before adding that "no offence was intended".

Emmanuel College distanced itself from the scandal.
Emmanuel College distanced itself from the scandal.

The University of Queensland (UQ) has condemned the publication and will raise concerns directly with the college.

"The University deplores the comments printed in the publication," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Joanne Wright.

"Such comments are totally unacceptable and are in direct contradiction to UQ's response to this year's Australian Human Rights Commission Respect. Now. Always. survey and report."

The AHRC report found that between 2015 and 2016, 1.1 per cent of UQ students - or approximately 560 students - were sexually assaulted within a university setting (this number also includes students who were sexually assaulted while travelling to or from university).

A previous Freedom of Information investigation conducted by Channel 7, found that between 2011 and 2016 just 38 sexual assault and misconduct cases were formally reported to the university. These complaints resulted in one expulsion and two suspensions.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault, support is available by phone on 1800 RESPECT

Nina Funnell is a freelance writer, author and sexual assault advocate. In 2017, she was awarded a Walkley Our Watch Award and a United Nations Media award for continuous reporting on sexual assault within university communities. She is a volunteer ambassador for End Rape On Campus Australia.

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