Last year, York St John University and their partners York College, IDAS and Survive were successful in bidding for funding from HEFCE for our All About Respect project. The project was a collaboration between York St John University and York College, and local specialist charities Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) and Survive who support survivors of rape and sexual abuse. It was designed to take into account the recommendations of the Universities UK report ‘Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students’
The overarching objective of the project was to safeguard students by creating spaces for open and honest dialogue within our student communities about healthy relationships and embedding cultures of respect to strengthen sexual violence, harassment and domestic abuse prevention. Following a community consultation, All About Respect worked with students as co-creators to design project materials which included posters and flyers to raise awareness and to promote the support available on campus as well as the support on offer from organisations in York.
All about Respect also delivered a wide range of training to staff and students last year: Bystander, IDAS Champions, Sexual Violence Disclosure Training and Consent Sessions. As well as a three day awareness raising campaign, students also held a showcase of creative work in the Students Union, a documentary screening and a City wide conference to share all of our work with the City of York. All About Respect won project of the year at the SU awards!
This year, All About Respect work continues. We are running more Training and we have a new Report and Support site where students can access support information as well as report any incidents of sexual violence, harassment or domestic abuse either anonymously or to a Welfare Adviser at YSJ.
All About Respect develop student led campaigns throughout the academic year and in October we held a consent campaign which included the creation of a consent film by our students, and a campaign day where local organisations promoted their services on campus. We also have a new Sexual Violence Policy Statement June 2018.pdf (0.3 MB) and are planning new activities and campaigns for 2019. Please follow us on social media and email us if you would like to get involved!
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