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Sharing through groups to support all students

I'm thinking about people who are new to the school, and maybe they don't want to disclose immediately - they just need a person. So I wonder if sharing - I don't know what kind of groups we have- maybe the Feminist Collective? [...] I feel this could be a support group at school. There are probably international students who have their own groups in the school, and they probably organize nights and do things. So, I wonder if that became more accessible in general as not necessarily a preventative measure, but as a support system for all the students?

Recommendations

  • Ensure all sexual violence prevention and response education and training opportunities actively deconstruct victim-blaming, rape myths and gender norms. Ensure these sessions take an intersectional approach to understanding sexual violence and supporting victim/survivors.

  • Ensure educational materials and initiatives explore relationships between sexual violence and drugs/alcohol. These materials should be mindful of pressures to over-consume and the fact that some international students are unfamiliar with drinking culture. Ensure and/or highlight the fact that no student who discloses or reports sexual assault will be penalized for substance use related to the incident in question.