Trigger warning: sexual harassment, sexual violence and rape.
Today is the final day of the United Nation’s 16 days of action against gender based violence.
This morning, full-time Students’ Union staff were trained in the sexual violence care pathway for students, meaning that our staff will be equipped to adequately deal with instances of sexual assault disclosed to them by students.
Our outlet supervisors, part-time administrative staff and part-time and representative officers will be receiving training next Tuesday.
During October, 340 current Sussex students answered a survey on their experiences of sexual violence on campus.
Sexual violence and harassment on campuses is a national issue: the Hidden Marks Survey carried out by the National Union of Students (NUS) between 2009 and 2010 revealed that 68% of students have experienced some kind of verbal or non-verbal harassment in and around their institution.
Our survey revealed similar results and shows that that we still have a very long way to go in educating our students about consent and healthy relationships, and ensuring that the University takes the matter seriously.
The full report will be released at the beginning of next term but these are some of the main findings of the survey:
If you require support in relation to sexual assault that you have experienced, you can contact Survivors’ Network or speak to a Student Life Advisor in the Student Life Centre on campus, as well as accessing the University’s counselling service.
The Student Life Centre has information online to help explain the options available for students who have experienced sexual assault as well as other sources of help and support.
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