(TW: sexual violence) #erasethegrey campaign launches

Posted by nm365 at Nov 26, 2020 10:15 AM |
There are no grey areas when it comes to gender based violence

(Trigger warning: sexual violence)

There are no grey areas when it comes to gender based violence is the core message championed by the University and Leicester Students’ Union as part of the #erasethegrey campaign.

Originally created by Glasgow Caledonian University, #erasethegrey raises awareness of common stereotypes and urges community wide action to tackle the issue.

#erasethegrey continues conversations and actions taken at the University since the creation of the Standing Together initiative in 2016. The University is committed to sustaining an inclusive learning, working and research environment characterised by respect and dignity, and free from harassment, bullying, abuse and discrimination through the Dignity and Respect Policy.

Harriet Smailes, Standing Together Lead, said: “Campaigns like #erasethegrey are vital to enabling a better understanding and sense of responsibility within our whole University community. The Standing Together Team and Student Support Services are working hard to challenge myths and misconceptions around sexual and gender based violence, to ensure there are no grey areas when it comes to our community’s understanding of what is and isn’t acceptable. We are committed to providing support to any student subjected to any form of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or any other form of unacceptable behaviour through our team of trained Sexual Violence Liaison Officers. Please do get in touch if you would like to talk through your options and seek support at your own pace: https://reportandsupport.le.ac.uk.”

Karli Wagener, Wellbeing Officer of the Students' Union, said: "#erasethegrey shows that there are no grey areas when it comes to sexual violence. As a Students' Union, we support this stance and want to equip survivors with the means to help make informed decisions, especially when it comes to signposting. We've created a sexual violence survivors' guide which will be soon found in toilets across campus and in University-owned accommodation; it can also be found online. The guide contains a number of resources, including details of local charities, emergency contact numbers, and step-by-step support for those who may need it."

Leicester’s #erasethegrey campaign coincides with the United Nations’ call to end violence against women with their #16Days initiative, running until Thursday 10 December. It highlights the global need to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during COVID-19, focus on prevention, and collect data to improve services.

Find more about #erasethegrey at Leicester, including how to get support, at www.le.ac.uk/erasethegrey

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