It's #SafetoSpeak

The Guild's campaign that empowers students to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment. Survivors deserve their voices to be heard and not to feel ashamed or blamed for their experiences.

In common with other universities, sexual harassment is a problem on our campuses.

The Guild would like to raise awareness of the issue across the student body in partnership with the University and Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, aiming to reduce the number of incidents.

We will be making a film to document the experiences of people who have experienced sexual harassment during their time at Exeter, capturing the types of incidents and the impacts.

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services have recently produced a film on the same subject for Devon and Cornwall Police, which you can watch for yourself here:

For our film, we will cover much of the same ground but will have a variety of ways for people to take part so they feel safe and in control.  You can talk direct to camera, have your face obscured or just have your voice used. 

We want to encourage as many people to come forward to take part in the film as possible, and we will be based in the Guild Conference Room, Devonshire House on Monday 3rd December from 10am-4pm.  

We’re asking people who want to take part to do a little reflection before they do so they can come along prepared to talk about;
•             What happened to them
•             What impact it had – immediately and afterwards
•             If you told anyone about it or reported it; if not, why not, and what would make you more likely to report it in future

On the day, come to to the Guild Conference room (floor above DH2), where you will be welcomed with refreshments.  There will be staff from Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services on hand to answer any questions, to prepare you for the filming or audio and to accompany you into the filming room if requested.  The film is being made by Cornish filmmaker Perran Tremewan, who also made the film on the link above.  He has done a lot of work in this kind of area and is very sensitive and understanding in how he works with people.  We’re aware that taking part in this filming may stir things up for participants emotionally, which is why there will be professionals on hand to offer support.  However, many of the women who took part in the earlier film found it an empowering experience to be discussing issues they rarely do with other supportive peers.

If you have any questions about the filming, you can contact Mandy from Devon Rape Crisis (mandy@devonrapecrisis/07484  509928), or myself.

If you would like to know more about this campaign, get involved or volunteer, please email: vpwelfare@exeterguild.com

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