Last year, following the murder of Sarah Everard, CUSU ran a series of action groups where students and staff of all genders were encouraged to discuss their personal concerns and experiences of sexual misconduct, gender based violence, and harassment. We're continuing to implement the changes suggested, and are launching a new action group for staff and students. It's time to make change.
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Last year, following the murder of Sarah Everard by Metropolitan Police Officer, Wayne Couzens, CUSU ran a series of action groups where students and staff of all genders were encouraged to discuss their personal concerns and experiences of sexual misconduct, gender based violence, and harassment in a safe space.
It's time to make change
From this, we developed a report which was sent to all in attendance of the meetings, which included key findings from the action groups, and tangible changes that now need to take place. Since these action groups, 80 more women have been killed across the UK. These women were just walking to work, walking home, or simply just leaving their home. Following the recent murder of Sabina Nessa, the need for action is becoming more and more imminent and the nation is becoming more aware of the need to fight back against gender-based violence. With an estimated 1 in 10 women aged 16-24 experiencing sexual assault, we are living in a country where women feel they can no longer live safely, without fear of attack. Women can no longer be afraid to exist.
This in an intersectional issue. Recent events including the stabbing of a transgender woman in Birmingham, as well as statistics that show bisexual women are more at risk of sexual violence, highlight how some communities are more disproportionately affected than others. Coventry University Student’s Union are taking a stand against sexual misconduct, domestic abuse, and gender-based violence. We want our staff and students of all genders to know that they can walk to and from university and feel safe. We want to know that when they’re on campus, should something ever happen, that they know where and how to report it. We want to know that our students and staff feel safe attending sports and societies, taking part in classes and extracurricular activities on campus, and just making the most of their university experience.
Join The Action
Now is the time for action. CUSU have formed a 'Sexual Misconduct and Violence Action Group' of which the goals are to implement the necessary changes gathered from the discussions held in March 2021 surrounding gender-based violence. We are looking to recruit students and staff across the group to take part in this action group to make the changes needed on campus and beyond. We actively encourage all genders of staff and students to join this action group. Attendees can:
- Attend monthly online sexual misconduct action group meetings*.
- Participate in, and potentially take a collaborative lead on, events and projects working to educate students around sexual misconduct on campus and in the wider community.
- Participate in, and potentially take a collaborative lead on, events and projects to make changes to the Student’s Union, the university, and the wider community.
- Help to make a safer living and working community at Coventry University and in the wider community.
- Listen non- judgmentally and empathise with other’s stories and experiences.
- Be ready to challenge any doubts surrounding the necessity of the changes being fought for by the group, on both a local and potentially national level.
The first meeting will take place online, on the 6th October, from 2pm-3pm. You will receive the link and more information after signing up to the action group.
If you’re interested in being a part of our fight for change, please sign up at the form below. We look forwarding to seeing you there!!
For more support and information on the topics above, please visit cusu.org/svm.
Please note that there will be a code of conduct for the action group. Indica (Vice President for Welfare and Inclusion) holds power to remove attendees if they take actions that contravene this code of conduct*