Events and training

We would like our whole community here at Keele to be involved in our campaign to tackle sexual violence. Whether you're a student or a staff member, everyone has a role to play and can be a part of the conversation.

This year's Sexual Violence Awareness Week takes place from February 6th to 12th 2023. We deliver a programme of events during this week to raise awareness of the devastating impact of sexual violence, what we can do as a community to challenge this, and what support is available for anyone affected.  

DayTimeEvent and LocationDetails
Monday 6 February 1pm - 2pm

Active Bystander Workshop

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A student workshop to help you learn the skills needed to be an active bystander. Being an active bystander means that we don’t stand by when we witness troubling behaviour; instead we strive to take action and ensure that Keele continues to feel like a safe, fun and accepting place to be. Troubling behaviour might include homophobic, racist or sexist jokes, or discrimination; or taking advantage of a power imbalance, like status, size or level of inebriation. We want our students to feel confident in challenging these types of behaviour, or otherwise intervening safely and effectively, and this session will give students an introduction into some approaches to take.

Please complete the sign-up form to reserve your space.

Tuesday 7 February 1.30pm - 4.30pm 

Disclosure Training for Staff

Online

If you are a member of staff in a student facing role, there may be times when a student chooses to make a disclosure of sexual violence to you. Although we would always encourage students to speak to our Sexual Violence Prevention and Support team for tailored support, it's important to know how to respond to a disclosure if you receive one. The session will cover prevalance statistics, note-taking, the impact of trauma, the importance of self-care and onward referral and signposting options.

Please complete the sign-up form to reserve your space.

Tuesday 7 February 12pm - 5pm

Wellbeing Lounge

Students' Union

A relaxed and informal drop-in for any student to attend. There will be activities such as gaming, crafts, board games, as well as information on where to get support if you have experienced any form of sexual violence.

Wednesday 8 February All day

SV Awareness Week on Tour

Students' Union Ground Floor

We will be sharing important statistics about sexual violence to help debunk rape myths, and share how sexual violence impacts societies and the student population.

You will also be able to share your views about how we can help to make our campus community safer.

Thursday 9 February 12pm - 2pm

Let's Talk Sex

Chancellor's Building Foyer

An information marketplace to raise awareness about sexual violence and sexual health, with stalls from Staffordshire Women's Aid, Staffordshire Sexual Health Charity, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (free condoms available), Staffordshire Police and the universiity's Sexual Violence Prevention and Support team.

Come along to speak to the various teams for advice and support.

Thursday 9 February 6pm - 8.30pm 

Film Screening - Promising Young Woman

Students' Union K2 

A free screening of Promising Young Women (2020), a film about a woman seeking vengeance for her friend who was a victim of sexual violence but never received justice.

Content warning - this film depicts scenes of rape and sexual assualt.

Thursday 9 February 12pm - 4pm

Candlelight Vigil

Chapel

The chapel will be open for students to light a candle and reflect.

 

We have developed a workshop for staff which highlights practical skills when taking a disclosure of sexual violence. This was developed in partnership with USVReact, a European research project led by Brunel University. Participants will learn:

  • About sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct, together with social attitudes towards these issues
  • The impact that trauma can have on survivors
  • Key pointers to remember when taking a disclosure
  • How to make appropriate onward referrals while taking account of immediate safety concerns
  • The importance of self-care

For those who feel they would like more detail, there is also a full day training option available.

If you would like to register an interest, or if you would like to explore training delivery for your whole team, please email student.services@keele.ac.uk

Being an active bystander means that we don’t stand by when we witness troubling behaviour; instead we strive to take action and ensure that Keele continues to feel like a safe, fun and accepting place to be.

Troubling behaviour might include homophobic, racist or sexist jokes, or discrimination; or taking advantage of a power imbalance, like status, size or level of inebriation. Power dynamics are often involved in cases of sexual violence, relationship violence, bullying or harassment.

We want our students to feel confident in challenging these types of behaviour, or otherwise intervening safely and effectively. For more information on being an active bystander, and how a situation can be changed, watch this 8 minute video from the Who are you? campaign from New Zealand.

If you are an academic and would like to discuss how to incorporate an active bystander session into your course, please email student.services@keele.ac.uk

What is sexual violence? An overview of the topic.
Consent An important starting point to understand the issue of gender based violence.
Relationships Guidance on how to maintain healthy relationships and signs of unhealthy behaviours from a partner.
Stalking and Harassment Information on signs to look out for and guidance from the police on how to protect yourself.
Myth Busting This resource share facts that aim to counter the many sexual violence myths that society perpetuates.

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