Hello from your VP Welfare
Hi! I’m Ella and I’m your VP Welfare this year. Sex and Relationships month is the first campaign of its kind at Queen Mary Students’ Union and I could not be more proud of the work that has gone into creating it.
A recent report by the Revolt Sexual Assault campaign, a campaign looking at sexual violence at Universities, cited that 62% of all students will have experienced sexual violence by the time they graduate.
The rhetoric of most sexual violence campaigns at other universities revolves around very specific circumstances: often those involving alcohol or “lad culture”. We absolutely need to tackle those problems at this institution but in crafting this month, I have tried to include more representation for issues that all students might face on this campus and highlight areas where more work needs to be done to ensure we are taking a much more holistic and institutionalised approach. More events will be available on the website too!
We need to be talking about not just lad and drinking culture but domestic violence, student-staff misconduct, how each of us can contribute to a culture of consent and how to effectively do that.
More than anything, I know that a lot of students reading this might have encountered sexual violence during their time at University and some of you might not have. The main objective of this campaign is to demonstrate the Students’ Union is taking this seriously, and, in doing so, giving you opportunities to be part of the conversation: especially on the 17th January where you can submit comments and ideas directly to the Principal!
If you’ve been affected by any of the issues that have been brought up in this month, please feel free to access the services on the back or email me if you’re not sure what service you might need. As always as well you can email me too on my contact details below.
I’m really excited for this month, I hope to see you at the events!