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Empowering Students

As a student of the University of Sheffield, you are part of a wonderful and diverse community. As members of this community, we all have the responsibility to look after each other and to make sure that everyone within it feels safe and happy.

The University of Sheffield is working hard to empower our students. 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, we’re offering our student community the opportunity to take part in conversations about sexual consent: 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.

We actively encourage all our students to take part in a Consent Conversation. The Consent Conversations will be taking place during weeks 4-9. Your Residence Mentor will be bringing you a leaflet soon with the time, date and location of your flat’s Conversation. 

As well as hosting Consent Conversations, the University and the Students’ Union will be launching the ACT 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:

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.

You will also be able to collect an ACT wristband from any of the following places from 10 October 2017: Students’ Union Welcome Desk, the Diamond, Multi-faith Chaplaincy, Student Support and the Information Commons.

If you or your friends are struggling with any of these issues, please contact Student Support:

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