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 7th to 13th 2022. We deliver a programme of events 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.  

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Monday 7th February 1pm-4pm

Disclosure Training (for staff)

Walter Moberly Building

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Disclosure training covers the basics of how to be a first responder to somone telling you they have experienced sexual violence. 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

Sign-up via your learning account in Keele People.

Tuesday 8th February 6.30pm-7.30pm

Bystander Intervention Workshop (for students)

Walter Moberly Building

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This workshop covers out how you can be an active bystander and play your part in challenging hate crimes and incidents and sexual violence.  

Sign up by completing this short form.

Wednesday 9th February 9am to 9am on Thursday

24-hour Spinathon for Savana

Students' Union

Come down and show your support for our sponsored 24-hour spin-a-thon to support Savana. Savana is a local charity offering support to victim-survivors of sexual violence.  
Wednesday 9th February 12pm-2pm

Sexual Violence Awareness Information Stall

Students' Union

Visit us at our stall where we will be raising awareness on what sexual violence is, and how as a community, we can tackle this.   
Thursday 10th February Join us from 2pm onwards

Crafternoon and Coffee Afternoon

Students' Union

Join us for crafternoon or just pop down for a hot drink. We’ll be decorating glass jar lanterns ready for our March of Light around campus to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence.  
Friday 11th February 10am-12.30pm

‘Be there for a friend’ workshop (for students)

Walter Moberly Building

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Find out how best to respond when receiving a disclosure of sexual violence. Learn about current statistics, myths and where to signpost for further support. 

Sign-up by completing this short form.

 

 

We have developed a four hour 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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