According to The Student Room, 62% of all students, and recent graduates have experienced some sort of sexual violence at university.
Only 5 major UK universities hold mandatory classes based on teaching students on consent and currently UCLan isn’t one of them.
As a figure of the sports community at UCLAN it’s clear to see that many individuals have been subjected to indirect sexual harassment. Often this is under the premise of what is known as “lad culture” occurring during club socials on a weekly basis off-campus, predominately in bars and nightclubs.
It is my understanding that sports and society members are representatives of the university as both individuals and as a team even whilst they are not on campus. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the university and the SU to educate and raise awareness amongst all members on the nature and extent of sexual consent/harassment.
I throughly suggest that at as a minimum all committee members of clubs must participate in a mandatory training/awareness course at the start of the academic year. However, it would be desirable that all members would take part in the training also.
My belief is that with the implementation of these courses throughout sports and societies it would ensure that simple phrases such as “I didn’t know” or “I didn’t meant to” can’t be used as a reasonable excuse when discussing the boundaries of consent.
In line with recent events I feel as though it is important to make a change and focus on the prevention of sexual misconduct.
Prevention is always better than rehabilitation.
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