In 2016, Goldsmiths began to address the complicit cultures within Higher Education around sexual violence, and launched a large-scale effort to address these cultures on our own campus. It became important to acknowledge that major issues around sexual violence, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct are pervasive throughout society, and that educational institutions like our own are not immune to these issues. Over the course of the year, we worked with the College to develop a formal policy that recognises the institution’s duty of care towards all of its members to prevent and respond to these issues.
Report and Support
Sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual misconduct are never okay. We've worked with the College to develop a tool so that students, staff, and visitors to our campus can report something either anonymously or with contact details so you will get a response. Reports can be about an individual, a group of people, or campus cultures.
Click here to visit the Report and Support website.
Become an Active Bystander
As part of the campaign, we’re offering training for students to become Active Bystanders, helping to build a community of responsibility and care for one another on campus. Sign up for a free, two and a half hour training session to become an Active Bystander, and learn how to safely act on all types of harassment.
Why should you become an active bystander?
- Help to create an environment of support and awareness, by challenging cultures of sexual violence at Goldsmiths and in our local community.
- Learn safe, thoughtful and creative intervention methods to diffuse situations that may cause harm to yourself or others.
- Enhance your leadership skills by modelling what you've learned with your sports team, society, or other student groups.
- Apply these skills to your future career: you can list the Active Bystander training on your CV when applying for jobs, especially useful in charity, business, or university sectors.
Nearly 200 students have now taken part in training
99% said that they were satisfied with the training
98% said that it increased their motivation to be an active bystander
Click here to find out more about Active Bystander training sessions.
The current campaign is just one important chapter in a longer story that has included students and staff contributing to shifts in campus culture and awareness over several years. We've created a timeline to record the history of prevention work at Goldsmiths over the past several years.
Click here to read and contribute to the campaign timeline.