Did you know that 68% of women students across the UK have been the victim of sexual harassment at University?
Sexual harassment and assault can include unwanted groping, pinching or smacking of your body, uninvited kisses or bodily contact – but it isn’t just physical. Wolf-whistling and catcalling, inappropriate sexual comments, sexually-based insults, jokes, songs or taunts are also included – it’s any type of this behaviour which makes someone feel uncomfortable.
Moreover, it’s not just women who can experience this – and harassment isn’t only sexual or gendered. Work by Universities UK has found evidence of a serious culture of harassment on UK campuses. One in five LGB and one in three Trans students have reported being harassed at university.
Liverpool Guild of Students says enough is enough – which is why we’re launching our Call It Out campaign to draw attention to, and tackle, all forms of harassment and abuse on campus.
TOP TIPS FOR CALLING IT OUT
If you witness a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable; such as physical misconduct, inappropriate jokes, leering, staring or any inappropriate or offensive behaviour, you can intervene in different ways – either at the time of the event or afterwards.
Intervention is not limited to stopping the incident but also creating safer more welcoming cultures; if you chose to act after the event it does not make your actions any less impactful. Any intervention creates a positive impact and encourages and empowers others to become active bystanders.