4 months ago in Health and Wellbeing
Coming to university isn’t just about getting a degree; it’s also about becoming independent and being part of a diverse adult community. Along the way you may be in situations you’ve never encountered before - particularly when it comes to sexual activity. You need to be prepared for that, specifically when it comes to questions of consent. Never thought about or discussed sexual consent before? You’re not alone. But the legal implications of not obtaining clear and voluntary consent before sex can be serious - and the rights you have regarding giving (or not giving!) consent are important. To help you understand these issues the University hosts Consent Conversations for all students who live in the residences.
As you may already be aware, we have been running Consent Conversations within the residences, and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. If you haven’t had your Consent Conversation already, it will be a short, informal session focused on empowering you, not lecturing you. The conversations will be hosted by a student Consent Champion and a Residence Life Mentor.
We want you to have the confidence and knowledge to talk openly about difficult situations, and to remove the taboo associated with talking about sex. To ensure this happens, the conversations about sexual consent will include discussions on what it is, what it isn’t, and the ideas people have about it. We want to challenge the myths surrounding sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment, and work towards creating a caring and supportive community.
You should receive information from your Mentor about when your conversation is due to take place, but if you have any questions in the meantime, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Consent Conversations form part of the wider ACT (Ask, Care, Tell) campaign. ACT is a simple way for you and your peers to look out for each other whilst staying safe yourselves. Through ACT you can stand up for, and show you stand with, members of our community who are affected by issues such as sexual harassment, hate crime, aggressive behaviour or substance misuse - please see this video for more info.
We’re inviting you to take the pledge that you will ACT and take a stand if you see issues of sexual harassment, hate crime, aggressive behaviour or substance misuse. To show your support, take the online pledge.If you or your friends are struggling with any of these issues, please contact either Student Support, at email@example.com, or Residence Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.