16,000 sign up to movement dedicated to eradicating rape culture

Torbay Weekly

On National Beverage Day, it is only fitting to look back on a rather boozy bank holiday weekend and preach the two-for-one cocktails at Las Iguanas.

This national day will become an entire weekend, possible weekday, ritual when attending university.

The infamous student experience is with a beverage in hand after all.

Realistically, the whole country will practise this, celebrating the end of the second wave and exchanging it for July heatwaves. Although, the nightlife in our little seaside town is but an appetizer to the social scene in the big cities.

With this comes a much broader, albeit not new, set of rules and concerns. It is easy to glamourise this transition into higher education, guilty myself of doing so in previous articles. Along with this undercurrent of elitism in education and the stereotyping of students, certain conversations are undermined.

Everyone’s Invited is a movement dedicated in eradicating rape culture and they have recently gained vast media attention.

Their website is publishing thousands of anonymous testimonies by students of abuse and sexual assault, currently with 16,000 testimonies overall who have named more than 100 UK universities.

What is most striking is that thousands of survivors have found the confidence to post their story online rather than having confidence in university policy.

Numerous testimonies have even stated their institutions policies have failed them, reporting cases but having no formal address.

Universities have a duty of care to their students, and it is not being fulfilled.

Such vast amounts of bravery have provoked Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson into ordering an investigation into university policy, with some of the UK’s leading red brick institutions named repeatedly.

The Higher Education Policy Institute have also conducted a survey, reporting 58 perc cent of students supported the idea of having to pass a test to show they completely understand the meaning of consent.

Concerns were raised around the understanding of consent when alcohol and drugs were involved, most notably.

We should all feel allowed to paint the town red and lavish in those two-for-one cocktails but whether you are moving to a student village or a metropolis, this is a conversation many of us must endure with family and friends before we take those big steps.

Rape culture is more than its term, it is dehumanising behaviour and education has a colossal role in desisting it.

This is neither a new discussion but albeit, progressive.