Student planner Sarah Wicks has been criticised by fellow students for her decision to share her experience of being raped at university.
The 27-year-old, who said she is an academic and a nurse, posted a photograph of herself with a piece of paper in her hand explaining why she felt it was important to share.
“I’m going to share my experience as a nurse and a nursing student, and hopefully hopefully help others who have felt similar experiences to understand what it’s like to be in a situation where you have to choose between life and health,” she wrote.
“The idea is that everyone who experiences trauma should be able to share their experiences, because everyone has the right to be able do so.”
Ms Wicks said she felt the university’s decision to not share her story was “not the right one”.
“I would never want to see this story go down that path, and I would never wish it on anyone, so I think it’s pretty sad to see someone’s life taken away from them,” she said.
“It feels like someone’s got the power to say, ‘I’m not going to take you up on that offer’.”
Ms Wickers said she was not going back to the university because she did not feel comfortable sharing her experience.
“This is a very serious issue, and it’s affecting all of us,” she told the ABC.
“When I think about what I want to do for my future, I think more about my future as a person, not just as a nursing professional.”
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