“I was at a festival and two guys who had been hitting on me, took pictures up my skirt of my crotch, and sent them round to everyone in the crowd around me to humiliate me.
“All because I rejected them hitting on me.”
Our founder, Hannah Price, wrote the following for ProtectED, a Code of Practice and accreditation scheme for higher education institutions in relation to the the safety, security and wellbeing of their students.
If the latest media attention has shown you anything, it’s that sexual assault and harassment is happening, everywhere. At university it has happened to me, it has happened to my friends and it’s happening at every higher education institution in the UK.
So why are report rates so low? One university’s response to our Freedom of Information Request revealed that they had just one incident of sexual assault on record in five years. University management, some of the country’s most intelligent and highly educated people, must be able to see that this is misrepresentative of reality.
A guy walked into the bar who I immediately was aware of because he’d previously sexually assaulted me and had to be removed from the bar.
My friends were aware of the fact that I was uncomfortable being anywhere near him and we kept a good distance from him for as long as possible.
100 years ago, the first women in the UK were enfranchised when Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act. Although it took another 10 years for all women to have the right to vote, it was a landmark moment for equality and feminism.
To celebrate the centenary, and the incredible dedication of the suffragettes who fought for change, we’re sharing just some of the women who have inspired us at Revolt Sexual Assault.
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.
When I was 15 a sexual video of me went around my school.
It was back in the days when my friends and I would go and hold field parties. Telling our parents we were going to sleepovers at each other’s houses, we would collect in a green part of town, and drink.
I remember the evening when it happened, very clearly. It was the Friday after the first week back to school in Year 11. I had been drinking gin, straight – I obviously knew nothing about alcohol.
Too many sexual assaults go unreported on campus. I set up my campaign #RevoltSexualAssault to give survivors a voice
“I set up @revolt_assault to address the epidemic of sexual assault at universities in the UK, and the lack of support in place. I’m so in awe of all the amazingly strong students that share their stories for our campaign. Now it’s my turn” – read @_hanprice’s story in the @guardian today (you can find the link on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!) #ItsRevolting
When I was a student, I was pressured into having sex. Like many others, when it happened I believed the entire experience was my fault and wasn’t serious enough to share. I said no to him multiple times, but I still felt responsible. I was left feeling dirty, violated and ashamed.
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.