As a student community, we are actively building safer and more inclusive spaces. We're proactively educating ourselves and others about consent, and are responding to the endemic issues of sexual violence, harassment and domestic abuse by empowering our community with the knowledge, skills and confidence to intervene.
We also recognise that we have a responsibility to act, and are calling on every student to get involved and help make a difference! Together, we can build the respectful, safe and inclusive community that we all aspire to at Warwick.
What is consent?
Consent should be freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, and specific.
This animated video introduces us to the foundations of consent.
Want to know more about sex & consent?
We recommend BISH and Meg-John & Justin!
Express Your Sex
Communication is key when it comes to sex, relationships and consent!
Sexpression Warwick have put together these great sex communication tips for students. From regularly checking in with your partner to find out how they're feeling, and expressing what you want, to asking for a pause, or discussing safe sex.
We're bringing them to toilet doors near you soon...
Ask for Angela
If you're feeling unsafe in an SU venue, head to the bar and ask for 'Angela'. Our staff have been trained to help you.
We're campaigning for local venues to adopt the Ask for Angela scheme too!
Find out more about the Ask for Angela scheme here.
Discuss With Us
Join Sexpression Warwick each week to discuss a different aspect of sex and relationships, from porn to virginity, sex work to sexting.
Discuss With Us is a weekly space to meet new people, understand diverse perspectives, and normalise conversations around sex and relationships.
Join us Wednesdays during term-time, 1-2pm via Teams.
Campus-based Sexual and Domestic Violence Adviser
Lisa is our specialist qualified Sexual and Domestic Violence Adviser. Lisa has been providing support to survivors for over 6 years, having previously worked as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate and a Support Worker.
Lisa provides confidential emotional support and advice to any member of the University who has been affected by sexual and/or domestic abuse. She can support you through your reporting options and University internal processes, and can make referrals for you to have support from an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser if you wish to report to the police.
Lisa is based on the Warwick Campus and is available Monday to Friday during term time with shortened hours and fewer days out of term. If you've been impacted by sexual and/or domestic violence, read Lisa's letter explaining her role, and how you can contact her here.
It Happens Here society
It Happens Here (IHH) is an SU society that aims to provide a community for survivors of sexual violence and their allies, and to raise awareness of sexual violence both at Warwick and on a wider scale.
Join the society and like their Facebook page for updates.
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week takes place in the first week of February each year and is obserbved at Warwick as an opportunity to raise awareness and tackle the issues of sexual abuse & sexual violence.
Our previous programmes have included film screenings, discussions, campaigns meetings, craftivism events, stalls, sports tasters and drop-in events with CRASAC (Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre).
Get involved with the campaign to help organise the programme for 2020/21!
Safer Nights Out
We embarked on a research project to better understand student experiences of nights out and safety in the local area.
We found that:
- 44% of students had experienced harassment on a night out
- 39% of students had experienced difficulties getting home after a night out
- Key safety concerns included being followed, street harassment, lack of street lighting, bouncers' behaviour, sexual harassment, assault & rape, drink spiking, fights, drugs, racism, homophobia, and transport availability & cost.
The project report includes a spotlight on student safety concerns, and recommendations to tackle issues affecting student safety on nights out. We are working with local stakeholders to implement the recommendations.
If you're looking for more ways to get involved, why not sign up to be a #WeGetConsent ambassador?
#WeGetConsent ambassadors can:
- Determine the direction of the #WeGetConsent campaign
- Organise #WeGetConsent events and activities
- Use their skills to benefit the campaign
- Advertise the campaign and related activities
Show your support for the campaign visibly by picking up one of our campaign wristbands. Wear it to lectures, wear it to socials, wear it at home!
You can pick up your wristband from:
- SU HQ Reception
- SU HQ Workzone
- Campaigns & Communities department in SU HQ
- Welfare & Campaigs Officer in SU HQ
Report & Support
The SU and the University have worked together to launch the Report & Support portal. Here you can make an anonymous report, or request to speak with an adviser, in relation to sexual violence, hate crime/incidents, and bullying.
Warwick Values Moodle
We have worked with students and the university to include a section on sexual violence and abuse in the Warwick Values Moodle course, which is sent to all students before they arrive at Warwick.
We will be working with students in 2020/21 to review and improve this information.
If you'd like more information about the campaign, email email@example.com.