I was talking to a friend about somebody who had been raped, and their first response was ‘Was she actually raped, or did she decide the next day that she didn’t want to have sex?’, which really angered me, and really disgusted me actually.
Sarah Newey explains why the Time’s Up Rally last week should make us hopeful for the future, despite all the challenges we have to overcome.
Thousands of women, men and non-binary people turned out in central London this time last week to say “Enough”. Enough to discrimination. Enough to sexual assault and harassment. Enough to the pay gap. Enough to inequality. Enough, enough, enough.
I was one of them, and I’ve never felt so empowered.
The events at the Presidents Club charity auction were disgusting; but I am in no way surprised. This toxic culture is cultivated behind closed doors and it starts young, at university.
Sexual assault among students at universities is something that happens regularly but is talked about rarely. A campaign aims to give students back their voice and to inform universities on how best to tackle the problem.
While at university, I and many of my friends were sexually assaulted on a regular basis. This can be a tough statement to accept for some people, but virtually every woman (and some men, too) can unfortunately confirm that it is true.
Sexual assault doesn’t just mean rape in a dark alley by a stranger – it’s groping on a night out, inappropriate comments or being pressured by a friend or partner into a sexual act.
Misconceptions around consent, sexual assault and even rape are inescapable and far too common. It’s almost become normalised, an accepted part of student life.
Report rates at universities in the UK are shockingly low and are not representative of the scale of this epidemic. How do you report sexual assault and harassment when the perpetrator is a friend or a friend of a friend, and you could bump into them at any time?