The Students’ Union and NTU are collaborating to raise awareness of sexual violence this February.
As part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, we’re hosting a number of events for our students and colleagues to raise awareness of sexual violence and highlight the support available in the local community.
Friday 2nd February
Ask Us Anything
Our question portal for the panel event on Friday 9th February will open! Use the link below to anonymously ask any questions about consent, sexual violence, reporting or anything else you want answered by our panel of experts from the industry.
Click here to register for the Panel event on the 9th February.
Monday 5th February
Wellbeing and Safety Fairs at City Campus: 10am – 3pm Newton Central Court, City
Come and see us at the Wellbeing and Safety Fairs in City Campus!
We will be debunking myths, sharing support options and giving out goodies so you can show your solidarity with sexual violence survivors and victims.
Tuesday 6th February
Wellbeing and Safety Fairs at Clifton Campus: 10am – 3pm Pavilion, Clifton
Come and see us at the Wellbeing and Safety Fairs in Clifton Campus!
We will be debunking myths, sharing support options, and giving out goodies so you can show your solidarity with sexual violence survivors and victims.
Wednesday 7th February
Trent does Denim Day: All Day across All Campuses
We're inviting you to pop on a pair of jeans or throw on a denim jacket to show your solidarity with survivors and victims and help us challenge the myth that the clothes a person wears makes them more or less responsible for their assault.
Denim day originally started in Italy in the 90’s after a perpetrator was released because the survivor/victim was wearing tight jeans and therefore assault was deemed consensual. Members of the Italian Parliament wore jeans in protest of the ruling, and it has since become a symbol of solidarity worldwide.
To learn more, see here What Is Denim Day, Where Did It Start? | Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity | NC State University (ncsu.edu)
It is important to remember that the survivor/victim is never responsible for being subjected sexual violence, the fault lies with the perpetrator.
Crafting: The Clothes Line Project: 12:00 – 14:30 Newton The Den, City
Join our Mental Health Champs for an afternoon of crafting our very own Clothes Line.
The Clothes Line Project started in the 90s when a member of the Cape Cod's Women's Defence Agenda in the US learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.
Survivors/victims and allies have since come together to add to the clothes line to show their solidarity and raise awareness of sexual violence.
To learn more, see here: The Clothesline Project |
You can find The Den on the lower floor of Newton, behind the Deli Cafe. Please ask at the Student Support Centre if you need help finding it.
Friday 9th February
Ask the Experts Panel Event: 14:30 – 16:30 MS Team
Join our panel event with experts from the industry to learn more about the reporting process, common themes that they see in sexual violence cases, and answers to any of your questions.
Click here to register
Click here to Ask us your questions
Crafting Change: 18:00 – 20:30 The Loft, City
A Women’s Solidarity Event on Craftivism, Spoken Word and Sexual Violence.
Come along to our evening of spoken word, banner making, and activism to share solidarity for women experiences of sexual violence. The event is open to women and allies of all genders.
Afterwards, from 20:30 onwards we will be celebrating with Girls Night Out, run by the NTSU President, Anna O’Hara. Tickets can be bought here Girls Night Out tickets on Friday 9 Feb | Nottingham Trent Students Union | FIXR
Sexual Violence Awareness Week Blogs
Some of our NTU students have written about their personal experiences and advice, showing their support to any student who has experienced sexual violence. You can read them here:
Learn about the Consent Coalition
NTU and NTSU are proud members of the Consent Coalition, a group of organisations working to raise awareness of consent in Nottingham. You may have seen our A-Z of Consent Campaign at tram stops across city and on a tram and busses. Visit the website or follow on Instagram to stay informed about all the ways we are making a difference in Nottingham.
#ITSNOTOK Free Wristband Collection
Show your support for survivors by collecting a wristband to wear. Wristbands include the national hashtag against sexual violence #itsnotok, as well as the logos of both universities and Nottingham’s Consent Coalition. Wristbands can be collected all week at the Student Services Centre desks at Brackenhurst, Clifton, and City Campus and from the NTSU Welcome Desk at City campus.
Consent is Everything Workshops
Find out more about our mandatory consent workshops for students. Launched in October 2021, all year 1 UG students are timetabled a consent workshop. An interactive and engaging workshop that uses activities and scenarios to practice understanding what consent is, giving and receiving it, and myth busting surrounding sexual violence.
If you are not a Year 1 UG and are interested in attending one of the workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit https://www.trentstudents.org/your-support/consent-workshops to learn more.