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Category: Guest blog

Let’s Talk About Sex: Bristol SU sex and relationships survey

By Sally Patterson, Equality, Liberation and Access Officer, Bristol SU and Alice Phillips, Research & Evaluation Coordinator, Bristol SU Earlier this year Bristol Students’ Union launched the ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ survey to students at the University of Bristol. The survey covered issues as broad as students’ relationships, sex lives, experiences of sexual health services…
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EVAW: Please respond to Government’s Sex & Relationships Education consultation

By End Violence Against Women Coalition We are alarmed at the Government’s proposed Relationships and Sex Education guidance for schools – please tell them it’s not good enough Government consultation on ‘Relationships and Sex Education’: HERE EVAW Coalition draft response to the consultation: HERE Please respond to the Government’s consultation on Relationships and Sex Education by Wednesday…
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Coercive Control is everywhere: We need to learn where to look

By Min Grob **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** Coercive control is complex. Of course it is. Abusers want to abuse and they don’t want to be caught doing it. Much of the abuse will be bespoke to the victim. The abuser knows the victim, their back story…
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Why do we need Situational Awareness training?

By Imogen Thomas **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** A lot of people who end up training situational awareness come from one of either of these backgrounds. Either you took up self-defence because you were police or military based or maybe martial arts, and then got to…
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Presentation at Police Conference: Launch of Gender as a Hate Crime. October 2017

By China Fish  **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** “Corrr your saddle´s well lucky. Your saddle´s well fucking lucky.” My mother reminded me of a performance I did in response to this harassment I had whilst cycling on my bicycle as an undergraduate 10 years ago. My…
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How important are informal supporters of women experiencing domestic violence?

By Dr Alison Gregory “How important are informal supporters of women experiencing domestic violence?”: “Very” – a simple answer to a complicated question. The bottom line, in terms of statistics, is that if survivors disclose their situation to anyone, it will most likely be to informal supporters (friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues) rather than professionals.…
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Understanding Victims of Revenge Porn

By Rebecca Sharp What thoughts come to mind when someone mentions the words ‘revenge porn’? In our experience, statements like “they shouldn’t have taken the picture in the first place”, “it’ll never happen to me” or “they should just be proud of their body” come to mind for many. Unfortunately, those two small words, ‘revenge’…
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Challenging sexual harassment in bars and clubs

By Drinkaware In light of recent events in Hollywood there has been a lot of discussion about the culture of sexual harassment: what people knew about, what people overlooked, or what they were unable to challenge. Since then, it’s been clear that this behaviour is not isolated to just Hollywood with many women experiencing sexual…
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Turning Pain into Power

By Gabriella Wood **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** Domestic violence is a prevalent issue, with concerning high statistics on how many individuals are affected. There is no reliable data on the prevalence of domestic abuse but the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) offers the best…
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Taking action to address student harassment and sexual assault

By Dr. Lucy Winrow, ProtectED Review If you are going to university this month, worrying about things like buying books, decorating your room, or which bit of an exciting new city you will explore first, is all part of the fun. Something you should not have to worry about is dealing with sexual harassment. This…
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