It's Never OK

The need for this campaign is probably very clear to those who have witnessed or been the victim of sexual assault or harassment. However, for those who may not be as aware, there is a growing culture whereby incidents of harassment and assault are becoming increasingly common and normalised.

This Freshers’ we want to bring attention back to making students aware that any form of assault and harassment is never ok. The aims of this campaign are:

  • To work with you, our students, to create a culture that does not accept any form of assault or harrasment or assualt
  • To ensure education around consent is available and actively highlighted by the Student's Union and student's are provided with clear signposting to training and support
  • To provide spaces for students to bring forward these issues and to be a vocal in driving the union forward in how these issues are dealt with

If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct of any kind or you’ve witnessed this, click here for a full list of options you have at this time and for an explanation of what the University and your Union can do for you.


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Raising Stalking Awareness in Education - A Talk from Dr Maria Mellins

A talk from Dr Maria Mellins on stalking awareness. This talk will teach you how to recognise stalking behaviour and to know what to do next after recognising it. You’ll learn how to report stalking to the police and all about the valuable support services available to assist those who are being stalked.

Maria Mellins is speaking on behalf of the Alice Ruggles Trust. Alice Ruggles was kind, clever and beautiful. She had an infectious personality and an incredible sense of humour: she saw the fun side of everything. She loved life, loved her friends and loved her job. She had so much to live for. Tragically, Alice was murdered in Gateshead on 12 October 2016, aged just 24.

On 26 April 2017 Trimaan Dhillon was convicted of Alice's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 22 years. His controlling behaviour during their brief relationship had developed afterwards into a relentless campaign of stalking.

This is an incredibly important subject, and is one that needs more awareness. It’s important to educate yourself on it even if you’ve never experienced stalking yourself.

Wednesday 14  October, 12pm
Click here to sign up for the Zoom talk

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