'Am I Safe on Campus?' Review

Your President, Ellie shares her review of the BBC documentary, which investigated sexual violence on campus.

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Last night, Disclosure: Am I Safe on Campus aired on BBC One, discussing the experiences of survivors of sexual violence at university campuses in Scotland. I have to admit, this was a difficult watch. The content, while not particularly surprising, was no less shocking as it brought the reality of gender-based violence on Scottish university campuses to the forefront. Although the programme focussed primarily on incidents at St. Andrews and University of Glasgow, sexual violence is an issue prevalent at all universities in Scotland, including at UWS - it would be foolish for us to suggest otherwise. As demonstrated in the programme, the action and response a university (or other organisation) takes when someone reaches out can have a huge impact on the experience of a survivor of gender-based violence. It is so important that we get this right.

As your UWS Students' Union President, I am committing to a full review and update of our Safe Space Policy in time for this year's Freshers', and as a students' union we are working with UWS to improve our responses to disclosures of gender-based violence and to create a culture that challenges GBV and promotes gender equality. In addition:

  • The University is introducing a Report to Support toolkit to enable the reporting of experiences / witnessing of any form of GBV
  • Every student will be asked to undertake a short introduction to Consent in sexual relationships.
  • Every Student Rep and Society Leader will complete the Rape Crisis Scotland Gender Based Violence E-Learning module
  • A cohort of University and Union staff will receive First Responder Training
  • All our Bar Staff receive Bystander training

We know we've got more to do. You can watch the programme on iPlayer. We're keen to hear your thoughts after watch it - let us know in the comments or on our social media pages, or you can contact me at UnionPresident@uws.ac.uk. You can also join our Women's Liberation Group.

If you or someone you know has been affected by gender-based violence, you can access support and advice here.

 

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