Fight for the national policy to end sexual violence at universities - #ItsRevolting
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I was raped at university by another student. I sat there the morning after being violated, overwhelmed at the prospect of having to see my rapist on a weekly basis.
My university's policy stated that if you were reporting what was a criminal offence they couldn't, and wouldn't do anything, until it had been dealt with by the police. So I told noone and dismissed what happened to me as 'not that bad', because how could it be if there was nothing in place on campus for people like me?
And I am not alone.
Sexual violence is happening at every university in the UK. And it's revolting.
Please join Revolt Sexual Assault in urging the government to acknowledge this wide spread issue and implement national policy, with student survivors at the heart.
With your help we can create a new minimum standard of care for all students who experience sexual violence, at every university.
Nearly 50% of the students and recent graduates, that Revolt Sexual Assault surveyed, said they were sexually assaulted at university. 70% of female students said they had experienced some form of sexual violence.
However, only 6% of those students felt able to report the incident to their university.
Many universities' have next to no support or specialised staff and policies in place for survivors, or even campaigns to prevent the normalised culture of sexual assault and harassment on campus.
In some cases, the same procedures for cheating in an exam are applied to a rape allegation.
Because of the university environment, it is not as simple as just going to the police. Students are studying, living and socialising with their peers and perpetrators.
How can they go through that lengthy, and sometimes traumatic, criminal process without support from their university?
Through our campaign, Revolt Sexual Assault, I have spoken to thousands of students who are suffering in silence, blaming themselves and feeling alone, without the help they need. Like I was. You are not alone.
We need your help to end this. Everyone in the UK has the human right to an education, an education free from sexual violence. Sign and share our petition and join the revolution.
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