SU Statement from Sabbatical Officer team & the Against Sexual Violence project...

The past week has been filled with grief, rage, and community. We stand in solidarity with all the women who are mourning their right to be safe in public spaces - sparked by the loss of Sarah Everard's life.

In the face of state violence, we must reimagine public safety beyond policing. the police do not protect us & they do not protect survivors. We have a responsibility to build our own communities of care, radical love, and solidarity.

I the face of structural violence, we must disrupt the racist narratives of the perfect victim. our solidarity with survivors cannot rely on harmful notions of white (women's) innocence. We must fight for the lives of Black women & women of colour with the same fire from which we fight for the lives of white women. we grieve for Blessing Olusegun, for Naomi Hersi, for Nicole Smallman & Bibaa Henry, for Shukri Abdi, for Sarah Reed, and for countless others.

In the face of gendered violence, we must uproot transphobia from our feminism. sex and gender are not the same - male & female is not the same as men & women, the same way that intersex people are not (necessarily) non-binary and vice versa. We must show solidarity with survivors without harming trans people in the process. Men's violence is not "male" violence. Men's violence disproportionately harms women and trans people. Men's violence also harms men themselves.

f*ck equality. we fight for liberation.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

It is our duty to win.

We must love each other and support each other.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

? Assata Shakur