Today probably won’t be as fun or personal as yesterdays post, but sometime we need to get real for a few minutes. CW for the rest of post for this sensitive area, although no specific topics.
Consent. The word itself has so many negative and positive connotations, for so many reasons but the basic jist is don’t do anything to someone unless they tell you they want you to. Simple, right? I will never understand why there is even conversation around this – consent is necessary. Treating people with respect is what we should always be doing anyway.
In 2017 the need for open, honest conversation on topics like consent is even more apparent, with services that help survivors having their funding cut and many professionals acknowledging how few survivors will actually report or seek help. By talking about this we open up spaces for those affected to feel empowered and in control again, by knowing what services are available we are in a position to help those who need it and most importantly by embedding consent into sex & relationships education we will hopefully educate young people on the importance of fully informed consent in all situations.
Research such as the NUS Hidden Marks and the more recent UUK Taskforce Report look into the experience of women students and are recommending that universities need to do more to help students who they have an almost duty of care over, and to do that by involving students and SU’s in the process.
It’s so important that we start to talk about this more openly, so that’s why I’ve teamed up with the rest of Solent FemSoc to create an event on this topic, which is this evening! Find out more here. If you can’t attend but still want to be involved in some way, please feel free to email me!
Sexual Assault & Violence Support in Hampshire
Yellow Door (Formerly Southampton Rape Crisis)
http://www.yellowdoor.org.uk/ – website under construction currently!
The Treetops Centre
If you have any questions or want to get involved, feel free to get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or @SolentWelfare!