Safer Sussex is a student-led movement comprised of students and varying allies, such as Student Union officers and administrative staff, working towards offering a more holistic and thorough support system for survivors of sexual and domestic violence on campus at Sussex.
This campaign is needed for many reasons. At its broadest, the issue of sexual violence is a global, national and local epidemic.
In Brighton alone, with Sussex Police, our local Sexual Assault Referral Centre (The Saturn Centre) and Gum Clinic (Claude Nicol) reporting a large rise in sexual assaults across Brighton & Hove since September. James Rowlands, Strategic Commissioner for the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Forum estimates that between 2014 and 2015, there were 561 police recorded sexual offences, which is a 46% increase compared with the previous year. 87% of police recorded sexual violence offences in 2014/15 had a female victim, 13% had a male victim. Statistics for domestic violence in Brighton & Hove are following similarly worrying trends.
At its most narrow, sexual violence is a worrisome issue on any university campus and the University of Sussex is no exception to this.
Sexual and domestic violence are on the rise, and it is the University’s duty to commit to establishing a clear and supportive process of reporting and to ensure a consistent level of support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
This campaign aims to ensure the University establishes a clear process of reporting and to ensure a consistent level of support for survivors of sexual violence. It also aims to raise awareness and educate students and staff about sexual of harassment and violence as a preventative measure.
To ensure the University adopts a comprehensive and robust system of support for survivors of sexual harassment and violence
To ensure the University establishes a clear, easy and accessible reporting system for survivors
To ensure the University reviews its disciplinary procedures and creates a clear policy on how it will respond to allegations of sexual harassment and violence perpetrated by University of Sussex students and staff
To promote a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and violence within both the University and Students’ Union
To work towards implementing consent workshops for all enrolling students at the University