The NUS women's campaign and Sexpression UK have come together to create a consent educational programme which aims to facilitate positive, informed and inclusive conversations and campaigns about consent in universities across the UK. The campaign aims to:
- Educate students about consent in order to help create educational and social environments which are happier, safer and more inclusive.
- Combat rape culture and victim blaming by tackling myths, rectifying problematic perspectives of consent and helping students understand that sexual activity without consent is a crime in which only the perpetrator can be blamed.
- Empower students to create a positive consent culture by taking part in advocating access to inclusive sex and relationship education in universities, colleges and in schools.
Last week, your Community Officer Tahereh Riahi attended a training course at NUS to be able to deliver consent workshops and campaigns at Coventry Univeristy. 'The event allowed us to explore current statistics regarding consent in UK Universities and it is clear that more needs to be done to tackle sexual harrassment and assault. Not only this, but we want to ensure that all students know how to access support and information they may need whilst studying at Coventry University'.
'We hope to embed consent workshops, materials and campaigns across induction at Coventry University, and will be working across other student communities including LGBT+ and Mental Health and Wellbeing to ensure that our workshops and campaigns are as inclusive and comprehensive as possible. We were also able to talk with other Student Unions at the event, and hope to work with them further in order to protect and inform all students across the UK'