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The Hollaback! ULU Report which was released in 2013 showed that 53% of respondents had either personally experienced or witnessed sexual harassment.
The Report also revealed that the majority of students did not think that their institution had a clear system for reporting sexual harassment and many said they did not feel that they would be believed if they chose to report an incident. In order to help tackle this problem, we’re launching ‘Good Night Out’ – a training guide for staff in students’ unions. It aims to help clubs, venues, bars and pubs to better deal with, address and prevent the harassment of women and LGBTQ people in their spaces.
‘Good Night Out’ offers some basic, practical information and advice about how to deal with reports of harassment as well as outlining a 50-minute staff training session that can be used in union venues. The guide also provides a definition of sexual harassment as well as an explanation of how it can intersect with other oppressive behaviour. The guide works alongside the Hollaback! ULU Charter which all students’ unions across the University of London are invited to sign.
If you would like to find out more information about Hollaback! ULU or Good Night Out then please visit the Good Night Out tumblr microsite (http://goodnightout.tumblr.com/). You can also get in touch with ULU Women’s Officer, Susuana Antubam – email@example.com
Come to ULU tonight to celebrate the launch!
Download the ‘Good Night Out’. Students’ Unions Staff Training Guide here
Today, on Valentine’s Day:
I stopped a man in the process of following a 15 year old girl down a dark street; I saw a husband yelling at his wife in the tube station telling her, amongst other things, that she was “a mess” just because she was drunk; got in a fight with a guy in Piccadilly Circus because I refused to accept the fact that he followed me to tell me that “every guy was looking at my ass”, as a compliment; and was told to “Fuck Off” when I reluctantly, after persistent questions (and being followed, again) answered a question for directions.
I refuse to accept these instances as common day-to-day events.
I refuse to lay down and not react just because I am a woman.
I refuse to not call these events out as sexist.
All women and all men, all non-gendered and trans* people, join with me, stand with me, rise with me to fight sexism and inequality.
#1billionrising #rising4justice #everydaysexism
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Went to Tescos to get an onion after a session at the gym. My first one ever. A man cornered me in the veg section and kept making comments about my bum. I tried to ignore him and nobody around me said anything. He kept asking for my name. I felt so uncomfortable I left the shop without getting anything.”
“I was walking down Brick Lane and a drunk man on the street leaned across his friends and mine to lunge at me. He grabbed me but we pushed him away and told him to fuck off. His friends and he then got so angry at us and shouting at us. What had we done?!”
A rugby player from KCL followed me home on the basis that he needed to protect me (he’s claimed being brought up among army officers meant this was what he HAD to do), despite my repeated protestations that I walk home alone most nights. He At first there were two guys and it felt vaguely amusing but when the main guy sent his friend home, things became creepy. When I finally got sick of ignoring him, I told him to leave me alone. He demanded a hug and kiss for his services. I said I’d shake his hand (to try and get him to go), he then attempted to grab me and hug me despite my making it clear that I would only shake his hand. When I told him not to grab me without my permission, he told me I’d ‘breached etiquette’ and was ‘a f****** little b**** c***’ who deserved ‘whatever was out there’. He finally left, making sure to shout about what an ungrateful b**** I was for not honouring his unwanted advances.
So Hollaback! ULU Riot Grrl Night was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came and all the bands and all the feminist love. It was such a great hit, thinking about having another one! Spreading the anti-sexual harassment message far and wide! Hollaback!