Last week saw the Welfare and Diversity Section, lead by Consent Co-ordinator Carys Page, hold the second ever Consent Week. The week-long event aimed to educate and inform student about the importance of consent in our everyday lives.
The event launched on Monday with a discussion with Dr Heather Flowe, who spoke about the challenges of collecting evidence within rape cases, especially in cases where the individuals who had been attacked were intoxicated. Dr Flowe, who has completed extensive research in the area, also informed attendees of the changes in police and institutional practises such as questioning and investigative processes which have surfaced in recent years.
On Tuesday the Women’s Network had a stall in front of the LSU shop to promote the week’s events and encouraged students to write notes of love for individuals affected by sexual violence for Leicester Rape Crisis. Our Women’s Officer, Ella Gibbons, was successful in promoting collecting hygiene products to provide Rape Crisis along with the notes of love. The Women’s Network did a fantastic job in also participating in advertising and supporting the week’s themes.
Throughout the week, a ping-pong visual display was on show in Reception. This gave students the opportunity to say ‘YES!’ to consent by dropping one of the labelled ping-pong balls into the box.
Wednesday saw another stall in the Students’ Union- this time from our Nightline Co-ordinator Fran Lewis and her committee who raised awareness about the service. The Nightline service is available to all students at Loughborough University and Loughborough College. They also urged students to sign our canvas on in support of consent week.
Throughout the week Carys delivered consent workshops in all halls and the Welfare Hall Reps created visuals to support and promote the week’s events. Carys received positive feedback from halls and all sessions were well attended. A fantastic effort!
On Thursday, we collaborated with the Think Tank Society for a discussion of whether consent workshops should be compulsory. Through out the very cold and slightly snowy Thursday afternoon we saw the return of the brilliant Caravan theatre company who performed ‘Can’t touch this’ play in the caravan as audiences cosied up and huddled up into the caravan to visually interact and deepen their understanding of consent.
The week ended with another thought provoking talk by Sian Lewis; a Loughborough PhD student researching sexual harassment on the London Underground. Sian came prepared with illustrations and case study examples of the individuals she had met during her research. Students who attended had a healthy discussion about behaviour in a public space and entitlement.
Overall, a successful week was had by all. Special thanks and congratulations go to Carys Page, The Loughborough Women’s Network, The Nightline Committee and the Welfare Committee for all their support in creating some really thought provoking events!
Keep an eye out for more Wefare events coming up soon, such as LGBT+ History Month!