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Quick facts on sexual consent

In this New Zealand Police video, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC) outlines some quick facts on sexual consent>

 

 

Thursdays in Black: increasing awareness around sexual violence

Student blogger Ben reflects on efforts on campus to build the Thursday’s in Black campaign.

Thursdays in Black is a global campaign aimed with increasing awareness of sexual violence, consent culture, and positive relationships. Thursday’s in Black encourages everyone to wear black every Thursday in solidarity against gender based violence.

The 2018 formation of UC’s Thursdays in Black club has led to many events including clothing swaps, discussion panels, and free workshops, keeping its focal message in mind. You can typically find our stalls Thursday’s at the central library’s entrance for free coffee, resources, and conversation. Otherwise, look out for us on Facebook. The on-campus presence of clubs and campaigns such as Thursday’s in Black lies at the heart of UC’s culture, building a community united in diversity.

Kaitlyn White, President of Thursdays in Black @ UC says:

“It’s so important to have a movement like Thursdays in Black that breaks down the taboo of sexual violence and is spreading awareness for what we all can do to end rape culture. To have a campaign like this on campus means that we can firstly spread awareness about what sexual violence is, then take actions within our communities and through working with the university to end sexual violence and promote a safe and fun campus.”

(Thursdays in Black has developed a strong presence on campus. Left to right: Mel Haworth, Abby Robertson, Kaitlyn White, Katrina Hope.)

On-campus societies and campaigns such as Thursdays in Black, the counsellors at the UC Health Centre and those of the Māori Student Development, Pacific Development, and Student Care teams are all there for a reason. The safety and security of everyone on campus is paramount.

In the following New Zealand Police video, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC) outlines some quick facts on sexual consent.

You can read more about Thursday’s In Black at UC  in the latest Chronicle on page 22>

UC info on sexual harassment and sexual assault is available here> including information on:

  • consent

  • bystander intervention

  • healthy relationships

  • support

  • report

Action on prevention of harassment and sexual violence

The University is committed to ensuring all members of our UC community are treated in a respectful and equitable way. A number of initiatives have been implemented this year, or are progressing.

  • For the last six months UC has an anti-sexual violence working group comprising academic, general staff and student representation including Thursdays in Black rep
  • UC has reviewed its anti-harassment policy.  It has been discussed comprehensively with the senior management team. UC will be finalising and launching a revised policy within the next month or so
  • UC has mapped its response and complaint processes and will be further documenting and publishing them within the next six to eight weeks
  • UC has identified additional staff training  – 30 staff representatives from across the University will attend the training today (Friday 17 August)
  • UC has revamped its website which includes improved and new pages on:

       >Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
        >Bystander Intervention
        >Healthy Relationships
        >Support
        >Report

      Staff and student feedback is welcome.

  • UC has relaunched its Student Code of Conduct in 2018 and has undertaken additional educational programmes for students to support enhanced awareness of issues of harassment and appropriate behaviour
  • UC has re-assessed its processes prior to students undertaking internships to address health and safety issues
  • UC is collaborating with other universities under UNZ to improve awareness and tools to combat sexual harassment across the sector
  • If staff or students wish to raise a concern or a complaint information is available at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/concerns/  or students can access support from Health and Counselling, Student Care or UCSA’s Advocacy and Welfare team.  Staff can access support from their manager or HR advisor.

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