It Happens Here are taking part in the #thisisnotconsent campaign to help raise awareness of consent and to highlight the outdated (but still used) attitude of victim blaming survivors of rape. The campaign was created in light of a recent trial in Ireland whereby a teenage girl’s underwear was considered as evidence against her in rape trial.
IHH are dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and work with members of Newcastle University and the wider community to ensure that Newcastle is safer. A recent Complete University Guide / Police UK crime rating reported that in the period September 2017–August 2018 for every 1000 people living in Newcastle 46.6 reported violence and/or sexual violence. In addition to this, on average three out of five students will be the victim of sexual assault or harassment during their time at university.
In 2016 Universities UK published a report examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students on UK campuses. In response to the recommendations of the report Newcastle University have developed the ‘Changing the Culture’ project to tackle these issues on our campus, including hate crime incidents.
At It Happens Here, we are kindly asking for your (new/clean) underwear (all genders) for our campaign so we can make bunting to put up all around the University campus. We are hoping that this will help to spread awareness about the issue of consent, as well as opening a discussion of the matter.
It Happens Here really want to help change the culture surrounding sexual violence and we need YOUR help to do so! We will be putting out donation boxes for your undies to help create this mass of beautiful and bountiful bunting that will streak across the campus.
Currently you can donate your knickers at the Students’ Union Reception and in the Park Terrace Laundry Room and we will be announcing more locations soon. Alternatively contact It Happens Here to arrange a ‘knicker pick up’. #thisisnotconsent #nomeansno #changingtheculture
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