Force Durham University to take action against culture of sexual assault
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Despite it not being advertised in the brochure, studying at Durham University brings a higher risk of sexual assault than at other universities, with 36 attacks reported within the past two years. Sexual violence seems to be a staple of university life with a shocking 48% of female undergraduates claiming to have been attacked.
Following the recent media furore surrounding the culture of sexual assault, the university has taken some promising steps to tackle the incidence of assault, including the continuing work of the Sexual Violence Task Force and the doubling of the amount of counselling support available to students through the Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre. It's clear that the university has heard the criticism, but while it is responding, this petition aims to continue to apply pressure to achieve results.
That's why, for International Women's Day, we're calling on the Task Force to take further steps in the right direction, for example, by providing comprehensive medical and legal services for victims on top of the psychological and counselling services provided, ensuring that the university's Codes of Practice introduce a strong prohibition of sexual assault, providing substantial resources to colleges about issues like intimate partner violence, rape, etc. as well as undertaking fair disciplinary procedures.
Please stand with us and with all survivors who have been denied their right to safety in education, by adding your signature below.
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