Today Bristol SU have launched a survey to start a research project into consent culture and sexual harassment at the University of Bristol.
This research has been commissioned by current Equality, Liberation and Access Officer Jason Palmer who has listed violence and harassment reporting and support as one of his main priorities for this academic year.
The research follows on from Bristol SU’s Let's Talk About Sex survey in 2018, of which one of the key findings was that 52% of students had experience sexual harassment while studying at the University of Bristol.
The new research aims to:
• Help understand consent culture on campus
• Help improve the support available to students who have experienced sexual violence
• Help improve wellbeing support for students who have experienced sexual violence
• Inform our approach to sex and consent education at Bristol
“Year on year we hear about students that have experienced sexual harassment and sexual assault on our campus, in our halls and in the city. This research aims to centre the voices of those who have experienced sexual misconduct, to build a strong culture of consent and make sure the University of Bristol is providing adequate reporting avenues and support for victims.” - Jason Palmer, Bristol SU’s Equality, Liberation and Access Officer
A report of the findings will be shared on the Bristol SU website following completion of the research. The findings will also be shared with the University, such as the University of Bristol's Student Experience Committee and the Joint Forum Against Sexual Violence and Harassment, which includes members of staff from UWE, UoB, Bath Spa and the University of Bath.
The anonymous survey has launched today and can be filled in online at bristolsu.org.uk/consentsurvey. The second phase of the research will take place later this term.
- The Bridge can provide guidance on ways of reporting rape or sexual assault www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk/
- At the University a Student Services Officer can help you to identify the options available to you with regards to reporting an incident of harassment or assault. reportandsupport.bristol.ac.uk/
- For help and guidance around sexual violence and abuse please contact: Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support: Women & Girls 0808 801 0456, Men & Boys 0808 801 0464
- If you wish to access support you may find the Bristol Survivor Pathway helpful, which can direct you to appropriate services in the Bristol area: www.survivorpathway.org.uk/bristol/