Student Support & Wellbeing

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2019

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Programme of Events


Exhibition Premiere: ‘Fight, Flight or Freeze’.
Location: A Block Atrium, Templeman Library. Time: 10am– 4pm. Free exhibition will run Monday-Friday.  
A highly topical touring immersive and interactive installation from 2017 Event and Experience Design graduate Elise Berdah which raises awareness of sexual consent.

Student Support Information Stand and Myth Busting Games.
Location: A Block Atrium, Templeman Library. Time: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Come and visit our pop up information stand in the library. Take part in some myth busting games whilst learning about the existing support in place for anyone who has experienced sexual violence.

Ask for Angela Promotion.
Location: All Kent Hospitality outlets.
Kent Hospitality shows its commitment to the zero tolerance initiative by wearing promotional badges for #askangela.  This campaign is designed to make everyone feel more comfortable when you are on night out.  If you are on a night out/date and you feel uncomfortable, go to a member of staff and ‘ask for Angela’. They will understand the situation and will call for a taxi, or help you to leave discreetly. 

#IT’SNOTOK Book Club
With Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Awareness Week taking place from the 4th-9th February 2019, the University of Kent is taking some time to talk about the different ways sexual assault can affect one’s life, and what we can do to help survivors heal. We all know the sobering statistics – it’s likely that you know someone who has experience sexual assault. Or maybe you’re a survivor yourself. If can feel overwhelming and scary to think about, but it is important to have conversations about sexual assault so that, as a society, we can come to a better understanding as to how to prevent sexual assault and how to most compassionately care for survivors.

Please note that these books may contain upsetting or potentially triggering content. If you, or someone you know, feels affected by any of the issues raised, please do contact Student Support and Wellbeing for ongoing advice and support.

U.N.I Protect Workshop
Location: KS12 Time: 2-3.30pm
Have you ever seen a situation where you thought someone was getting harassed, but you didn’t know what to do?
U.N.I Protect training can help you to recognise harmful behaviour like abuse and sexual harassment, and empower you to intervene safely and with confidence. It can equip you with skills to help you act in the moment when you see a potentially harmful situation happening, and help keep other people safe.
We are running a 1.5 hour workshop as part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. All students are welcome to attend and everyone who attends will receive 5 Employability Points. Register via Study Plus: course code KE148.

Sexual and Domestic Violence Student Survey Results.
Location: TLT, Templeman Library Time: 5pm.
Over 2000 students responded to the Sexual and Domestic Violence Survey in the autumn term. This session will look at the results of the survey and provide opportunities for students to suggest new initiative and activities that they would like the University to explore
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Violence in the Trans Community: A Presentation from Gendered Intelligence
Location: DLT2 Time: 5-6pm
Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.  Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. Gendered Intelligence work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people under the age of 21
Please note that this event may contain material that is upsetting or potentially triggering. If you are affected by any of the issues raised, please do contact Student Support and Wellbeing for ongoing advice and support

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Screening of ‘The Hunting Ground’
Location: GLT3 Time: 6pm.
An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.
EVENT WARNING: Contents of disclosure and graphic descriptions of sexual violence.
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Staff Workshop by Silke Grygier. Supporting students who have experienced sexual abuse: It's the small things that can make the biggest difference.
Location: KS12. Time: 2-4pm.
Everyone in the university community can play a key role in supporting students who have experienced sexual abuse. In this workshop you will learn about childhood sexual abuse, common ways in which this affects survivors at university, and most importantly about very easy practical steps you can take in your own role in their day-to-day work to create a supportive environment for survivors at university. This workshop is suitable for any member of staff who works with students, including teaching, assessment, tutoring, administration, or student support.
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Survivor Workshop by Silke Grygier. Not The Only One: Supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Location: GLT3. Time: 6-8pm
Around 1 in 5 people have experienced childhood sexual abuse, which means we are all affected by this - either directly or through having survivors in our families and communities. Yet, as a group CSA survivors are often invisible, not only to society, but also to each other. Often, we suffer from stigma and isolation and face a lack of understanding and support. Come along to our presentation to learn more about childhood sexual abuse, how it can affect us, what can help us cope, and how we can better support survivors in our universities and beyond. The presentation is open to all, and will be followed by a workshop for survivors.
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Supporting Male Survivors. A Presentation from SurvivorsUK.
Location: KS17, Keynes College Time: 6pm.
Come along to debunk some of the common myths around male rape and sexual abuse, find out what SurvivorsUK are doing to combat sexual violence, and learn how builders tools can be the best instrument you have to help a friend through disclosing a sexual assault.
EVENT WARNING: Content includes discussion of male suicide, gender identity and societal myths.
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Screening of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.
Location: GLT3. Time: 6pm.
Trans man Brandon (formally known as Teena), adopts his new male identify and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.  
EVENT WARNING: Content involves transphobia and hints of sexual violence.
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Respect the No’ Self Care Brunch.
Location: Student Media Space Time: 11am-1pm
It's really important to look after yourself and survivors sometimes need a little TLC! The committee of Respect the No would like to unveil the first of a series of Survivor's Self-Care Sessions. This is an opportunity to have a break, have a tea or coffee and some food and chat to fellow survivors. We'll have some arts and crafts, chill music and it will be a space just to get away from everything for a while.

Self Defence Workshop for people identifying as women only: Led by Hollaback!
Location: Parkwood Dance Studio Time: 3-5pm
Hollaback! is a photoblog and grassroots initiative to raise awareness about and combat street harassment by posting photographs and narrative accounts of individuals' encounters. This female identifying-only self-defence workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn some basic self-defence skills. No prior experience necessary. Eventbrite link:

EVENT WARNING: Although it is not necessary to discuss what caused the survivorhood, some people may wish to disclose. Let committee know if you would be uncomfortable with this, and we will endeavour to ensure that disclosures will take place in a private space. Committee are not trained, so any advice or words given are formed from personal experiences, so be aware.

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Last Updated: 05/02/2019