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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!

Events

Consent Training

This consent training will equip you with the skills to understand what consent is, how it works in a practical sense and how to make sure you practice consent in all situations, not just ones that are explicitly sexual.

Graduate Center 202
7th January, 5pm - 6pm

Sex Toy Workshop at BL

Sign up required - click here

BLSA Study Room
10th January, 6pm - 8pm

Breaking the Taboo about Sex Work

This talk is for everyone and is designed to help break down the stigma of sex work and to promote healthy discussions and conversations on the topic.

Students' Union Hub, Blomeley Room 2
14th January, 5:30pm - 7pm


Poundstretcher

A special Sex & Relationships Month edition of the weekly club night where we’ll be raising money for Refuge. Its the cheapest mid-week student night in East London with nonstop retro pop, chart anthems and special drinks prices. Find out more

Drapers Bar & Kitchen
16th January, 9pm - 2am

Wear Red Day

Wear Red Day is to demonstrate awareness of sexual violence at Queen Mary and commit to reducing the levels of it by contributing to a culture of consent.

Library Square
17th January, 11am - 2pm

Positive East: STI and HIV Testing

Positive East are offering free sexual health screening tests with same day results.

Students' Union Hub, Staff Meeting Room
18th January, 11:00am - 2pm

How to help your friends out of a toxic relationship

It can often be quite frustrating and distressing to your friends in an unhealthy relationship: so this panel will offer ways to help. It will discuss what an unhealthy relationship is, how to spot the signs, and how to keep your friends safe.

Students' Union Hub, Blomeley Room 2
21st January, 5:30pm - 7pm

Sex Toy Party with Sh!

Join the pleasure experts of Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium for a guided tour of what sex toys can do for you and how they are part of a normal and healthy lifestyle. The session will finish with a Q&A for all your sex related queries! Sign-up required - click here.

Students' Union Hub, Blomeley Room 2
22nd January, 5:30pm - 7pm, £1

Healthy Relationships Project

This session explains to students who might not have lived in the UK before coming to University about all the services available to them and to help you to talk openly and honestly about safe sex, contraception and healthy relationships.

Students' Union Hub, Matt Spencer Boardroom
24th January, 12pm - 2:30pm

Quiz Hosted by Refuge

To equip yourself with knowledge so that conversations about the prevalence of violence against women can continue, come to this quiz hosted by Refuge! Sign up in teams of 4-5 by emailing your VP Welfare, Ella. The winning team will win a prize of vouchers for local experiences!

Drapers Lounge
24th January, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Forced Marriage and Domestic Violence Panel

Want to know more about how to help yourself or your friends facing a possible forced marriage or domestic violence situation? Your Welfare Rep Shamima is hosting an information panel and Q&A with speakers from Refuge and the Halo Project.

Bancroft 1.13a
28th January, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bystander Training

Bystander training is a critical part of creating a culture of consent. This training will equip you to safely intervene in situations that might not look consensual, and give you skills to do so in all sorts of social settings.

Students' Union Hub, Blomeley Room 1
29th January, 5:30pm - 7pm