Assault, Groping, Harassment, Rape, Sexism

Sexual assault at universities: #itsrevolting – Hannah’s Editorial

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?

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Assault, Harassment, Rape

‘There’s still a blood stain on my family’s couch, where he pinned me down’

The first time I experienced sexual assault was when I was 16 years old, when my boyfriend at the time raped me in his spare closet.

The second time I experienced sexual assault was when I was 17 years old, when after dropping off a boy at home, he forced my face into his bare lap.

The third time I experienced sexual assault was when I was 19 years old, when a boy at university trapped me in his room and raped me.

The fourth time I experienced sexual assault was in the past year, I am 21 years old.  A coworker came to my home and raped me.

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