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Students' Union Publishes Research into Sexual Harrasment

Content Warning: Sexual Violence

New research published by the Students’ Union shows that students experience very high levels of sexual harassment and assault whilst on a night out in Brighton.  

Over the last 6 months, a third of students (34%) have seen someone have their drink spiked, and over a quarter of students (28%) have seen someone sexually assaulted.

Overall, a huge majority (86%) of students consider themselves to be either very safe or fairly safe on a night out in Brighton. However, a majority of students (52%) also perceive levels of sexual harassment in Brighton nightlife to be either fairly or very high.

This suggests that a large number of students perceive high levels of harassment and violence on a night out, whilst also consider themselves safe.

Grainne Gahan, The Students’ Union Welfare Officer, has expressed her great concern over the reports' findings:

“Sexual violence seems to have been accepted by many students as just a normal part of a night out. This isn’t the case.”

“Sexual violence on a night out is the active perpetuation and reinforcement of sexism and other oppressions.”

“Student’s shouldn’t tolerate it, or treat it as a fact of life.”

The Students' Union is proposing a Nighttime Safety Charter as a result of these findings.

“We’re asking the Brighton community - and particularly venues - to come together to prioritise the safety of students by all taking forwards  a package of measures. These include establishing a zero tolerance policy, Good Night Out training for customer-facing staff, displaying campaign materials, and taking care of students leaving the venue.” Said Grainne.

“It’s our hope that by taking these small steps together we can produce a better, safer night out for everyone.”

The Students' Union (in conjunction with Good Night Out East Sussex) will be hosting a training day for students and members of the community who would like to facilitate training workshops for venues in Brighton and become registered Good Night Out trainers - who will help venues address the problem of sexual harassment. 

You can read the full report here 

 

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