Policy Lapse Item One: Rape and Sexual Assault Motion

Election Information

Election start date
24 November 2021, 01:00:00 PM
(1 week ago)
Voting ends
25 November 2021, 01:00:00 PM
(1 week ago)
Voting System
First Past the Post
Elected from this election
1
Candidates
3

Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness

The Union Notes

Lack of action by universities regarding sexual assault on campuses across the UK is a pressing issue. Without sufficient support in place not only does it affect the student population and victims but it also leaves the university vulnerable to legal action etc.

The main issue seems to be that students feel as though the university does not have effective and consistent measures in place that will help them with their claim.

Many students experience some form of sexual assault with some statistics showing that 62% have. Read the statistics here.

The Union Believes

The union agrees with the Portsmouth City Council’s advice on how to respect others. Things such as being drunk are not an excuse and verbal communication to confirm consent is important. https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/health-and-care/health/respecting-each-other/

Everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome.

The union encourages anyone who has experienced sexual assault to report it through the Report and Support platform.

The Union Resolves

More information about rape and sexual assult should be provided to students. Especially to freshers who are new to university life and living alone.

Information should include how to recognise sexual assault, what to do if it happens and what types of procudures are in place to help them.

The submission to be fast tracked as it is an important issue.

PARCS has been contacted to see if their resources and training are available for the union.

Proposed By Hannah Richards

Seconded By Jasmine Marley

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