Public humiliation and ‘slut shaming’ of female students, relentless ‘degrading’ taunts, and staff and fellow students turning a blind eye to ‘institutionalised misogyny’.
These are the explosive allegations of rampant sexism, misconduct, and bullying at the elite St Paul’s College in Sydney uncovered by Daily Mail Australia.
Several women, who have spoken on condition of anonymity, have revealed the extent of the ‘slut shaming’ emanating from the elite college, which was founded in the 1850s and has a tainted history including giving awards to men accused of gang rape.
The college, which charges fees of more than $30,000 per year and has former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam as an alumni, announced a review into its ‘unacceptable’ culture on Thursday.
A social media post suggests the group of women are heading to a party at St Paul’s College’s ‘Bone Room’
A man and woman party inside the ‘Bone Room’ inside St Paul’s College
St Paul’s College is the oldest university college in Australia
Following sporting seasons, St Paul’s students would allegedly throw alcohol and drug-fuelled sex parties in the college’s Rogers Room, which they referred to as the ‘Bone Room.’
The ‘Bone Room’ floor would be covered in mattresses.
Students attending would be told to bring a woman based on specific criteria including hair colour, skin colour, weight and sexuality, and many times they had never met the woman before.
One woman told Daily Mail Australia she was invited by a senior student and told to go with a younger St Paul’s student.
‘Seniors would invite you to sleep with you rather than the ‘freshers’ (first year students) who bring the girls,’ she said.
She claims the warden of St Paul’s College, Dr Ivan Head, is aware of the ‘Bone Room.’
A man poses for a camera standing above a man and woman kissing inside the ‘Bone Room’
Several men and women can be seen kissing as they attend a party inside the ‘Bone Room’
A St Paul’s College student throws up as friends smile while holding a portrait of Charles V Salisbury, who founded the Salisbury Bar
Another woman, who attended a girl’s college at Sydney University several years ago, told Daily Mail Australia she was a victim of public shaming from St Paul’s boys after having relationships with some of the male students.
The woman, under the alias Carol, described the abuse as an ‘every day pervasive experience,’ where she would be ‘degraded’ for her sexuality.
Carol claims St Paul’s has a file sharing network with other colleges to allow for peer reviewing, which they called the ‘Fun Box.’
Students share illegally downloaded movies and TV shows, which they used as a tool to humiliate women.
‘They would change the titles of movies and TV shows to puns and jokes,’ Carol told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It began with jokes about students being fat, but eventually they targeted specific women. They would write their full name, then change a movie title to characterise her sexually.’
She says she was objectified ’10 or 15 times’ on the platform in her first two years at college, referencing how many men she had slept with, jokes about anal sex and re-titling movies to embarrass her, such as ‘District 9 D***k.’
A woman appears to ride a bike through the ‘Bone Room’ inside St Paul’s College
One man appears to be covered in red paint in a woom at the college. The parties often spilled out of the ‘Bone Room’ and into the students’ private rooms
St Paul’s College has alumni including many Rhode Scholars and former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
Carol say she went to the St Paul’s resident assistant and their IT department to attempt to stop the abuse and identify the perpetrators, but was told there was nothing they could do.
‘It made me feel horrible, I was really, really upset. It was so personal and in front of everyone. I cried a lot,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
The situation was made worse after she confided in other women at her college, who told her she ‘did this to herself,’ and to ‘stay under the radar.’
Carol said the other girls refused to address the St Paul’s boys’ behaviour because they wanted access to the exclusive events and elite status.
She recounts being verbally attacked one night after voicing her concerns, where a St Paul’s boy screamed that she was a ‘slut and whore’ in front of other students.
Many St Paul’s students in her graduating class are now ‘politicians, top-tier lawyers and accountants, and work for International startups including Uber.’
Another woman, who was known for using fake tan, had her name smeared by changing the title of Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange to ‘C***work Orange.’
That woman is now an employee of global investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.
Men and women dressed as pirates enjoy dinner before heading to celebrations in the ‘Bone Room’
St Paul’s College has received a number of allegations against its students of misogynistic attacks on women
St Paul’s students also took advantage of an annual tradition called the ‘Fresher Revue,’ using it to shame women.
Another woman, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told Daily Mail Australia that only months into her time at Sydney University the first year students performed a play in front of several colleges, including faculty, where they would humiliate specific students.
Following one performance, a slideshow was displayed on a projection with the faces of male and female students, drawing lines linking whom had slept with who.
‘Sometimes girls’ faces would appear 10 times in a row, even if they hadn’t slept with anyone. They created a web on screen for everyone to see. Girls were really upset because it wasn’t true,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
A few St Paul’s students also created a spreadsheet called ‘The Matrix,’ which categorised women based on appearance and their likelihood to ‘put out.’
‘They’d go into one guy’s room and congregate. It was very coveted to be invited to St Paul’s events, women couldn’t go independently. They knew the power they had, particularly over young girls.’
They also had a list of women who were likely to ‘perform oral sex,’ and had tallies next to their name after each time they allegedly performed the act.
St Paul’s College said they are conducting an internal review after allegations of misconduct against their students
St Paul’s College has declined to make a further comment on Daily Mail Australia’s reports
Another female student at Sydney University, under the alias Alice, told Daily Mail Australia that her close friend was ‘taken advantage of’ by a St Paul’s student several years ago.
The male student then told students that she was a ‘huge slut’ and she was ‘bullied terribly’ by both St Paul’s and fellow female students as a result.
Alice recalled the tragic circumstances a few years later when her friend committed suicide after battling depression.
‘A few years after we left college, my friend took her own life. It’s impossible to say that this was a direct affect of what happened but I saw her treated terribly and I felt she was given no support really from anyone especially the college who knew she had slipped into depression after the previous incidents.’
Alice also recalled going to a bar outside of the Sydney University campus but near St Paul’s, where her boyfriend was beaten up by the college’s students because he didn’t attend the same school.
‘The St Paul’s boys always seemed to act like they owned the place and the entire road leading down to the bar. Recognising that my boyfriend didn’t attend their college they picked a fight. They threw off my boyfriend’s hat and then when he went to pick it up, five of them pounced on him and started punching and kicking him.’
Alice says she contacted the police, who told her she would have to press charges against the five men she identified if they were to do anything.
Alice went to her college’s resident advisor for guidance, who told her ‘it was probably best not to say anything and make drama for myself.’
A screen shot from a St Paul’s Facebook page refers to sex as ‘harpooning whales’
Dr Head has been running the college since 1995, a reign overshadowed by a number of sexist scandals.
This week the college released a statement condoning the ‘unacceptable culture’ after a Facebook post describing women as ‘whales’ emerged.
It was initially posted to the ‘St Pauls 2017’ Facebook group by a male student in March, however resurfaced this week to widespread furore.
The post, which received more than 100 likes, advises other ‘lads’ on how their peers can help them to ‘get rid of some chick’ the morning after a sexual one-night stand.
On Thursday St Paul’s said in a statement they were ‘appalled by the attitude expressed about women”.
The statement said: ‘The Council of St Paul’s College is appalled by the attitudes expressed about women on the student Facebook page in March and acknowledges that it needs to address the unacceptable culture it indicates amongst the College’s student body.
‘The Council has determined today to seek the opportunity for the College to participate in the review of colleges at the University of Sydney being undertaken by Elizabeth Broderick & Co.
The Council had already committed to carrying out a cultural review, retaining Ms Christie Breakspear for this purpose, with the intention that this review mirrors the Broderick review and that its results be shared with the University.
The attitudes expressed on the student Facebook page will be front and centre in the review process, giving real traction in identifying and seeking to eradicate unacceptable attitudes towards women.
”The Council will work co-operatively with the University throughout the review process.’
St Paul’s College said they would make no further comment on Daily Mail Australia’s reports.