The Against Sexual Violence campaign is a comprehensive, campus-wide approach to sexual violence prevention. Over time, our goal is to shift the campus climate, to build a community that looks out for each other and does not tolerate sexual violence. It's important because a 2019 survey by Brook found that 56% of UK university students have been exposed to unwanted sexual behaviours and 30% of incidents took place on campus.
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. Active Bystanders are people who witness situations of sexual harrassment and violence and intervene in positive ways.
This training is in the timetables of all first year undergraduate students. Students from other years can also sign up for this free, two and a half hour training session to become an Active Bystander, and learn how to safely act on all types of harassment.
Find out more about Active Bystander training sessions
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.
Visit the Report and Support website
Watch a video on navigating university as a survivor of sexual violence
Watch a video on supporting someone affected by sexual violence
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.
Read and contribute to the campaign timeline
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.
Read Goldsmiths Policy
Watch a video on the key terms and definitions in the Policy